Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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p. v

Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-ix

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-25

Since the 1940s, when women began to enter the military in significant numbers, questions have been raised about their intent, their ability, and, perhaps most frequently, their character. It was believed that a woman who would place herself in an environment that was both...

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2. Amazons and Butterflies: Gender and the Military

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pp. 26-54

There is little disagreement that the recognition of sex, and subsequently gender, is critical to the organization of daily life. Even the youngest of children are well aware of what constitute “girl things” and “boy things” and that knowing what and who fits where is critical. Small children are...

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3. Dykes and Whores: Sexuality and the Military

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pp. 55-80

Sexuality is a topic that is taboo, yet frequently discussed; concealed, yet present throughout daily life. It can be used as a source of reward or punishment; the expression of sexuality is both demanded and condemned. So all-encompassing is its breadth that it is impossible to provide...

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4. Camouflage Isn't Only for Combat

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pp. 81-111

Women may respond in several ways to the notion that gender has much greater meaning in the workplace than simply being female or male, “feminine” or “masculine.” A woman may choose to emphasize either characteristic, or set of characteristics. ...

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5. Doing Gender/Doing Sexuality

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pp. 112-129

As the quotation suggests, women in the military live under a microscope. They are faced with daily challenges about their right to be in the military, their ability to do the job, and, often, their sexuality. As social actors in a world where gender is very important, we all routinely engage in...

Methodological Appendix

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pp. 131-186

Notes

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pp. 187-189

Bibliography

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pp. 191-199

Index

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pp. 201-204

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About the Author

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p. 205

Melissa S. Herbert received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1995. She served in the enlisted ranks of the United States Army and later attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. ...