Synopses & Reviews
This book is about the women who serve the military as wives and those who serve as soldiers, sailors, and flyers. Comparing wives and warriors in the U.S. and Canada, it examines how the military in both countries constructs gender to exclude women from being respected as equals to men. Written by a wide range of scholars and military personnel, the book covers such contemporary issues as the opening of military academies to women, the opening of combat posts to women, the experience of being a wife in the two-person career of an officer-husband, sexual harassment, turnover of women in the armed services, and U.S. and Canadian policies allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the military. Part of an emerging feminist scholarship in military studies, this work also explores how gender has been constructed to maintain the status quo and women's narrowly defined roles as the dependent helpmates of men.
A fascinating study of women who serve the military as wives or as soldiers, sailors, and flyers, with emphasis on current issues, written by a wide range of scholars and military professionals.
About the Author
LAURIE WEINSTEIN is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Connecticut State University.CHRISTIE WHITE is pursuing a Ph.D. at Northeastern University.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Cynthia Enloe
Blue Navy Blue: Submarine Officers and the Two-Person Career by Laurie Weinstein and Helen Mederer
The Social Networks of Naval Officers' Wives: Their Composition and Function by Barbara Marriott
Gender, the Military, and Military Family Support by Deborah Harrison and Lucie LaLiberte
The "Military Academy": Metaphors of Family for Pedagogy and Public Life by Abigail E. Adams
Women in Combat: The U.S. Military and the Impact of the Persian Gulf War by Georgia Clark Sadler
Behind the Front Lines: Feminist Battles Over Women in Combat by Lucinda Joy Peach
Warriors Under Fire
Sexual Harassment in the Army by Lynn Meola
Conduct Unbecoming: Second Annual Report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" by C. Dixon Osburn and Michele M. Benecke
Understanding Women's Exit from the Canadian Forces: Implications for Integration? by Karen D. Davis
Policing the U.S. Military's Race and Gender Lines by Francine D'Amico
Appendix: Tailhook: Deinstitutionalizing the Military's "Woman Problem" by Francine D'Amico