Melissa T. Brown

in Enlisting Masculinity

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199842827
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199933105 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations


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Chapter 8 highlights the similarities in the constructions of gender produced by the branches and the emerging masculine models they mine—professional forms, masculinity tied to technology, hybrid masculinity that combines toughness with compassion and egalitarianism—as well the more traditional warrior type. Some of the trends identified in recruiting materials across the services include inattention to international events, the absence of references to duty or citizenship, the increasing role of technology, and the expectation that young men continue to seek adventure. The chapter compares each service’s approach to recruiting women and draws conclusions about the intersections of race and gender in recruiting advertisements. The chapter also argues that although most Americans believe they can ignore the military in the era of the all-volunteer force, when it comes to popular culture and ideas about gender, the military is not a thing apart from society, and it reflects on some of the implications of military recruiting materials for wider conceptions of masculinity and of military service.

Keywords: military recruiting; masculinity; technology; adventure; race; recruiting women

Chapter.  4023 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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