Wives and Warriors

Women and the Military in the United States and Canada

by Laurie Weinstein, Christie White


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.

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April 1997


Pages 272
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Military History/General
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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 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.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Cynthia EnloeIntroductionWivesBlue Navy Blue: Submarine Officers and the Two-Person Career by Laurie Weinstein and Helen MedererThe Social Networks of Naval Officers' Wives: Their Composition and Function by Barbara MarriottGender, the Military, and Military Family Support by Deborah Harrison and Lucie LaLiberteWarriorsThe "Military Academy": Metaphors of Family for Pedagogy and Public Life by Abigail E. AdamsWomen in Combat: The U.S. Military and the Impact of the Persian Gulf War by Georgia Clark SadlerBehind the Front Lines: Feminist Battles Over Women in Combat by Lucinda Joy PeachWarriors Under FireSexual Harassment in the Army by Lynn MeolaConduct Unbecoming: Second Annual Report on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue" by C. Dixon Osburn and Michele M. BeneckeUnderstanding Women's Exit from the Canadian Forces: Implications for Integration? by Karen D. DavisPolicing the U.S. Military's Race and Gender Lines by Francine D'AmicoAppendix: Tailhook: Deinstitutionalizing the Military's "Woman Problem" by Francine D'AmicoSelected BibliographyIndex

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