Wives and Warriors: Women and the Military in the United States and Canada

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895262
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

LAURIE WEINSTEIN is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Connecticut State University.

CHRISTIE WHITE is pursuing a Ph.D. at Northeastern University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Wives 1
1 Blue Navy Blues: Submarine Officers and the Two-Person Career 7
2 The Social Networks of Naval Officers' Wives: Their Composition and Function 19
3 Gender, the Military, and Military Family Support 35
II Warriors 55
4 The "Military Academy": Metaphors of Family for Pedagogy and Public Life 63
5 Women in Combat: The U.S. Military and the Impact of the Persian Gulf War 79
6 Behind the Front Lines: Feminist Battles over Women in Combat 99
III Warriors under Fire 137
7 Sexual Harassment in the Army 145
8 Conduct Unbecoming: Second Annual Report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" 151
9 Understanding Women's Exit from the Canadian Forces: Implications for Integration? 179
10 Policing the U.S. Military's Race and Gender Lines 199
Appendix Tailhook: Deinstitutionalizing the Military's "Woman Problem" 235
Index 245
About the Editors and Contributors 249
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