Portrayal of masculinity is projected in the military by the role played by men

Portrayal of masculinity is projected in the military

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Portrayal of masculinity is projected in the military by the role played by men as liberators of women who have been ravaged by war and tyrannical leadership. The man is portrayed as the role model and epitome of strength and bravery even in military themed movies. It is always the man who is a lead actor and the one who projects the characters to be embraced by a real man. Take the instance of characters showcased by Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Wesley Snipes, and Arnold Schwarzenegger among others. They are known for being powerful, courageous, well-trained, skillful with good physique something that young boys admire and aspire to emulate. The military emphasizes values of discipline, honor, and duty to one's country. Therefore, anyone who passes through the system is regarded to be of high esteem and required to portray these ideals upon retirement. Masculinity in the military is attributed to characters such as perseverance, endurance and not willing to quit, while femininity is regarded as being frail, unable to handle tasks, being emotional and a quitter. Men who fail to meet up to tasks in the
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Luke Michie - ldm2747 military are often dubbed “faggots” or plainly referred to as women. They are expected to rise up to challenges and showcase a strong zeal in whatever they undertake. Masculinity is presented in the form of language used in the military to refer to missions and past experiences. The society accords them the freedom to narrate a story to their peers in a crude language. They are allowed to tease each other and swear, but with women, they must be civil and act as gentlemen due to the perception created about gender differences. In such instances, they present patriarchal masculinity that calls for them to protect women from the harsh reality of life that men can tolerate. Patriarchal representation is highlighted in the role men take as breadwinners and protectors (Trujillo, 1991). Masculine hegemony is used to subordinate women. The term attains its meaning when it is compared to femininity. Masculinity gains its definition by highlighting characteristics that one ought not to have, these include fear, being inferior and emotional which are characteristics associated with femininity. Women are vulnerable in the military, if they are shy and timid, they will often be intimidated, discriminated against and sexually harassed. Jansson and Eduards (2016) indicates that to address women vulnerabilities, individuals need to look into empowering women, fighting for their human rights and promoting gender equality. Women often lack opportunities to excel in leadership positions in the military as they are regarded as lacking the aggression to lead strong-minded men in uniform. Women who excel are often thought to stabilize the status quo and contravene the norm in society. Women who are subjected to male chauvinism feel undermined, demeaned and disrespected which affects how they function in the military. Some can use setbacks to rise up against male superiority or quit the military and concentrate on feminine careers.
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