Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire, 1898-2001

TitleBring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Facade of American Empire, 1898-2001
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBelkin, Aaron
Number of Pages256
PublisherColumbia University Press
City, CountryNew York
Abstract

The masculinity of those who serve in the American military would seem to be indisputable, yet it is full of contradictions. To become a warrior, one must renounce those things in life that are perceived to be unmasculine. Yet at the same time, the military has encouraged and even mandated warriors to do exactly the opposite. Bring Me Men explores these contradictions in great detail and shows that their invisibility has been central to the concealment of American empire's darkest secrets.By examining case studies that expose these contradictions—the phenomenon of male-on-male rape at the US Naval Academy, for example, as well as historical and contemporary attitudes toward cleanliness and filth—Belkin utterly upends our understanding of the relationship between warrior masculinity, American empire and the fragile processes sustaining it.

Short TitleBring Me Men
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