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Feminist Militarists

Sabine Frühstück

in Uneasy Warriors

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520247949
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520939646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247949.003.0004
Feminist Militarists

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This chapter argues that in contrast to male service members, female service members' militarized femininity is less molded by historical female warrior figures, who largely have been forgotten, than by their male peers, their families, and representations of female soldiers in popular media. It describes how some female service members subscribe to the contradiction between womanhood and motherhood and their integration into the military. Yet others see the expanded military participation of women as evidence of women's achievement of equality. For many, however, this contradiction differs little from the pursuit of a career in any male dominated realm. Many ascribe specific meanings to their lives by holding on to the dictum to “not give up without a fight.”. Their male peers, as well as the mass media, measure them against the foil of a normative ideal type and find them to be transgressors.

Keywords: female service members; military personnel; militarized femininity; Japanese military

Chapter.  11706 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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