Ground Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military

TitleGround Zero: The Gender Wars in the Military
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsFrancke, Linda Bird
Number of Pages304
PublisherSimon & Schuster
CityNew York

Ground Zero tells the stories of women and men in the military as it relates to the issues raised in the polarized debate over women in combat. The biological aspects of women's lives, including menstruation, pregnancy and motherhood, are cast as threats to national security by servicewomen's opponents, while these service-women's advocates use those same issues to press for expanded child care, parental leave and gynecological services. The exposure of harassment at the military academies and in the services has signaled a call by their opponents for women to retreat, but it has been taken by their advocates as a mandate to challenge the male culture. The cultural issue revolves around not whether women can perform combat roles, but whether they should.  In the end, two simple facts remain: the Armed Services need women and, in the male culture of the military, the battle of the sexes will never be over.

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