The Female Soldier


King, Anthony C. 2013. “The Female Soldier.” Parameters 43 (2): 13-25.

Author: Anthony C. King


Since the 1970s, women have been increasingly integrated into the military; in Iraq and Afghanistan many women served on the frontline in combat. This article argues women's integration has been facilitated by the all-volunteer professional forces in which individuals are judged purely by competence. Female soldiers have been accepted in all military roles if they preform competently. There are serious limitations in the infantry, however, as only a small number of women pass the selection tests and it is likely no more than one percent of the infantry could be female at present. Moreover, masculine prejudices abound and women are still the victims of discrimination, harassment, and abuse.

Topics: Combatants, Female Combatants, Gender, Women, Men, Masculinity/ies, Gender Roles, Femininity/ies, Military Forces & Armed Groups, Militaries

Year: 2013

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