The female combat soldier

  title={The female combat soldier},
  author={A. King},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={122 - 143}
  • A. King
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • European Journal of International Relations
As a result of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, women have increasingly served on the front line, performing combat roles once reserved exclusively for men. This article explores the ways in which Western military culture may have both impeded and facilitated female accession. In line with the feminist concept of hegemonic masculinity, the article explores how female soldiers are often subjected to an institutionalized cultural code that defines them as ‘sluts’ or ‘bitches’, denying them… Expand
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