Red Army Romance: Preserving Masculine Hegemony in Mixed Gender Combat Units, 1943–1944

TitleRed Army Romance: Preserving Masculine Hegemony in Mixed Gender Combat Units, 1943–1944
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsJug, Steven G.
JournalJournal of War & Culture Studies
Volume5
Issue3
Pagination321-334
Date Published12/2012
Abstract

While the Red Army in World War II has received increasing amounts of scholarly attention for its inclusion of women in combatant roles, such scholarship has focused on women's development of a soldierly femininity without examining female soldiers' impact on soldierly masculinity. This article asserts that Soviet women's large-scale entry into military ranks failed to change men's self-perception as members of a masculine military endeavour because of the persistence of male authority, and men's focus on women's romantic and sexual roles at the front. To analyse male soldiers' subjectivities, the study employs two rarely combined bodies of theory: studies of combat motivation and works on masculinities and subjectivity. Male troops' view of combat as a masculine contribution to the war effort emerged from soldiers' competition with one another for sexual partners, the contrasting sexual motives they ascribed to men and women and how men accepted or rejected women as equal combatants.

URLhttps://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1386/jwcs.5.3.321_1
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