Camouflage Isn't Only for Combat

Camouflage Isn't Only for Combat

Gender, Sexuality, and Women in the Military

eBook - 1998
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New York Univ Pr

Drawing on surveys and interviews with almost 300 female military personnel, Melissa Herbert explores how women's everyday actions, such as choice of uniform, hobby, or social activity, involve the creation and re-creation of what it means to be a woman, and particularly a woman soldier. Do women feel pressured to be "more masculine," to convey that they are not a threat to men's jobs or status and to avoid being perceived as lesbians? She also examines the role of gender and sexuality in the maintenance of the male-defined military institution, proposing that, more than sexual harassment or individual discrimination, it is the military's masculine ideology--which views military service as the domain of men and as a mechanism for the achievement of manhood--which serves to limit women's participation in the military has increased dramatically. In the wake of armed conflict involving female military personnel and several sexual misconduct scandals, much attention has focused on what life is like for women in the armed services. Few, however, have examined how these women negotiate an environment that has been structured and defined as masculine.



Blackwell North Amer
Drawing on surveys with almost three hundred female military personnel, both veteran and active duty, Melissa S. Herbert explores how women's everyday actions, such as choice of uniform, hobby, or social activity, involve the creation and re-creation of what it means to be a woman, and particularly a woman soldier. Do women feel pressured to be "more masculine" to demonstrate that they are not weak or incompetent, or "more feminine" to convey that they are not a threat to men's jobs or status and to avoid being perceived as lesbians? How do these pressures manifest themselves on a day to day basis? And what strategies do women employ, consciously or unconsciously, to influence the way they are perceived?

Publisher: New York : New York University Press, c1998
ISBN: 9780585315966
0585315965
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 205 p.)

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