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Uneasy WarriorsGender, Memory, and Popular Culture in the Japanese Army$
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Sabine Fruhstuck and Katharine Rodger

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520247949

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520247949.001.0001

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Feminist Militarists

Feminist Militarists

(p.86) Chapter 3 Feminist Militarists
Uneasy Warriors

Sabine Frühstück

University of California Press

This chapter argues that in contrast to male service members, female service members' militarized femininity is less molded by historical female warrior figures, who largely have been forgotten, than by their male peers, their families, and representations of female soldiers in popular media. It describes how some female service members subscribe to the contradiction between womanhood and motherhood and their integration into the military. Yet others see the expanded military participation of women as evidence of women's achievement of equality. For many, however, this contradiction differs little from the pursuit of a career in any male dominated realm. Many ascribe specific meanings to their lives by holding on to the dictum to “not give up without a fight.”. Their male peers, as well as the mass media, measure them against the foil of a normative ideal type and find them to be transgressors.

Keywords:   female service members, military personnel, militarized femininity, Japanese military

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