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The Australian Defence Force is investigating after the discovery of two Facebook pages demeaning women as "sluts", which appear to have serving or former Australian soldiers as members.
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UPDATED 10:48 AM - 26 Aug 2013

The Australian Defence Force is investigating after the discovery of two Facebook pages demeaning women as "sluts", which appear to have serving or former Australian soldiers as members.

It emerges as police continue to investigate an alleged email sex ring believed to involve a number of ADF employees including senior officers.

At least four fans of a page that refers to "all women" as "sluts" appear to be Townsville-based members of the Australian Defence Force, with several posting photos in dress and operational uniform and identifying the 'Australian Army' as their employer.

On a similar page devoted to “fat chicks” living in Townsville, another man who appears on his profile page in an Australian Army uniform has written: “Not all sluts are Townsville girls, but all Townsville girls are sluts.”

Offensive: A comment left on one of two Facebook pages set up to demean women

"Steps are being taken to determine if any members of the Australian Defence Force are associated with these offensive comments," a Defence spokesperson confirmed.

"Should it be confirmed that a serving member has made comments that are contrary to Defence values and policy, disciplinary and/or administrative action will be taken."

The pages, which were started in 2011, were still live at the time this article was published.

Last week, Chief of the Australian Army Lieutenant-General David Morrison was forced to address media as details emerged over an email chain distributing sex videos of other ADF members.

It's claimed at least 17 soldiers, including senior officers, swapped video footage of women engaged in sex acts, sometimes adding demeaning commentary.

Sexist and racist comments on Facebook from serving diggers is nothing new, with details surfacing earlier this month of personnel posting on known race-hate pages.

Last year, Flinders University academic Dr Ben Wadham received death threats after leaking details of racist and sexist comments on a page called “RAR buddies”.

Dr Wadham, a former infantry soldier, told SBS the highly sexist comments underlie a long-standing cultural problem within the ADF that is caused in part by a male-dominated environment.

“It's one of the defining characteristics of a military culture, particularly an army culture,” he said.

He described how 20 years ago army soldiers would organise “pig nights” which involved drinking and picking up “unattractive women”.

“In the 90s, a book called the lexicon of cadet language was published out of ADFA. It is like a vocabulary. There [were] roughly 200 derogatory terms for women and around 400 derogatory terms for other [marginal groups],” he added.

Despite the recent spate of incidents, Dr Wadham says the Australian Defence Force has recognised the need to implement cultural change.

“They've brought in the civic machinery like the Defence Equity Organisation, gender awareness, they're improving reporting and recording,” he says.

“It is changing the sort of practices that were prevalent in the 90s.”