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Camouflage Isnt Only for Combat: Gender, Sexuality, and Women in the Military
Camouflage Isnt Only for Combat: Gender, Sexuality, and Women in the Military by Melissa S. Herbert 0814735479 9780814735473
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Camouflage Isnt Only for Combat: Gender, Sexuality, and Women in the Military by Melissa S. Herbert

<p>Drawing on surveys and interviews with almost 300 female military personnel, Melissa Herbert explores how womens 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 mens 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 militarys masculine ideology--which views military service as the domain of men and as a mechanism for the achievement of manhood--which serves to limit womens 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.</p

Author: Melissa S. Herbert

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 1

Publisher: NYU Press

Publication Date: 1998-08-01

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