It's Our Military, Too!: Women and the U. S. Military

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Judith Stiehm
Temple University Press, Sep 1, 1996 - Social Science - 321 pages
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In the last twenty-five years the U.S. military has seen the abolition of women's separate corps, the appointment of women generals, and an unprecedented increase in the ratio of women to men. Also, women are now permitted to serve on combat planes and ships. Despite these developments, most civilians know very little about women in the military. This collection includes unusual accounts by women on active duty, retired officers, women who have worked for the armed forces in a civilian capacity, and civilian academics. The book offers insights on a variety of pressing issues including minority women, lesbians, combat, the role of gender in weapons design, and the changing mission of the military. Through personal accounts and commentaries, this book dispels many of the myths about women and the military and explores the reasons for the persistence of misconceptions in the face of increased female participation. This comprehensive effort will be of interest to anyone who wants to know the truth about women in the armed forces and will be a wake-up call to women who feel that the military is irrelevant to them.
 

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Contents

Soldiering The Enemy Doesnt Care If Youre Female
3
Duty Honor Country If Youre Straight
24
The Creation of Army Officers and the Gender Lie Betty Grable or Frankenstein?
35
Just the Facts Maam
60
The Military Womans Vanguard Nurses
73
From Underrepresentation to Overrepresentation African American Women
115
Gender and Weapons Design
136
Gender Ideology in the Ethics of Women in Combat
156
To Fight to Defend and to Preserve the Peace The Evolution of the US Military and the Role of Women Within It
195
Pernicious Cohesion
205
Telling the War Story
220
Subverting the Gender and Military Paradigms
235
The Civilian Mind
270
About the Contributors
297
Index
299
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