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Camouflage Isn't Only for Combat: Gender, Sexuality, and Women in the Military

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ISBN-10: 0814735487
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"Seen through Herbert's sharply focused analytical lens, the military is a socio-historical bastion of masculinity. Military service is a rite of passage into masculinity, a sort of ‘finishing school' for men. In addition to questions of ability, women who join the service are suspected of gender transgressions. These management strategies reveal much about how the military controls gender and sexuality."

-Jodi O'Brien,,Seattle University

"Working with interview data and with 285 surveys completed by veterans and active-duty personnel, Herbert shows how military women often adjust their language, dress, hairstyles, comportment, activities, and other characteristics in an effort to shape how they are perceived."

-The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The book would serve as a valuable undergraduate text to introduce students to martial gender issues."

-Sexualities 4

"Looks at how women in the armed forces deal with perceived conflicts between femininity and being a good soldier through active strategies that accentuate or play down perceptions of masculinity and femininity. . . . Goes a long way toward showing how this distorting pressure impedes the true integration of women and men."

-Choice

About the Author

MELISSA S. HERBERT is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamline University in Minnesota.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814735487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814735480
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book a couple of years after leaving the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army. Being a female in the 82nd was one of the most difficult, yet rewarding experiences of my life; the comradery that many think are characteristic of the military just isn't there for female soldiers. This book helped me understand my own thoughts a lot better and put some personal conflicts in my love/hate relationship with the boy's club of the military to rest. Thanks for writing this book...It is so on the money!!!
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The entire theme of this book was whether or not women in the military are too feminine, or too masculine.
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