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Unformatted text preview: as a recruiting tool built to familiarize potential recruits with the scenes they will face in combat. We watch boxing and Ultimate Fighting on television. We wrestle around with brothers or friends if only for the essence of competition. People participate in, watch, and even cheer on violence if only for the thrill. Perhaps a more feminist friendly version of Norman’s story would point out that while it is good to understand compassion, we must not forget that there is a time for brute force. More importantly, we should not push for anyone to repress natural emotions or conform to someone else’s standards. I would never try to tell a feminist that all women should act in a particular way, even though some feminists wish for all men to conform to their image of the testosterone free male. We must be careful not to create a double standard....
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- Spring '08
- Michael Norman, John Rankin Eng, stereotypical effeminate male, seemingly weak man