The Battle for Equivalency: Female US Marines Discuss Sexuality, Physical Fitness, and Military Leadership

TitleThe Battle for Equivalency: Female US Marines Discuss Sexuality, Physical Fitness, and Military Leadership
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsBrownson, Connie
JournalArmed Forces & Society
Volume40
Issue4
Pagination765 - 788
Date Published03/2014
Abstract

After decades of debate, a void still exists in the literature and socio-political dialog related to the unrestricted and unbiased inclusion of women in the military. The issue remains so highly charged that a fresh theoretical framework is necessary to accurately align the physical and social constraints in which military women serve. Offered here are findings of an exploratory study framed within a synthesis of evolutionary psychological and sociological theory. Distinction between the word “equivalent” as opposed to “equal” is critical in recognizing the physicality, skills, and talents both males and females bring to their Marine Corps experience. Qualitative data obtained from 67 female Marine Staff Non-commissioned Officers, Warrant Officers, and commissioned officers describe tactics to achieve levels of operational competency, respect, trust, and success in the Marine Corps. An achievable goal, the successful woman must manage her physicality, sexuality, and femininity adeptly to achieve the trust and confidence of her male as well as female colleagues. [SAGE JOURNALS]

URLhttp://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0095327X14523957
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