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Author: Aaron Belkin

Title: Spam Filter

Subtitle: Gay Rights and the Normalization of Male-Male Rape in the U.S. Military

Journal: Radical History Review

Volume: -

Issue: 100

Year: Winter 2008

Pages: 180-185

ISSN: 0163-6545 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1534-1453 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Types: Same-Sex Rape, Workplace Sexual Violence / Sexual Violence in the Military; Victims: Men



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Author: Aaron Belkin, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State UniversityAuthor's Personal Website, Wikipedia

Abstract: »Part of a special issue that explores the possible impact of homonormativity on queer futures. Activists are currently seeking to repeal the “don't ask, don't tell” policy of the military toward the high incidence of rape between men within the United States armed forces. The motives of those calling for the repeal, however, are questionable. It would appear that these activists are not working explicitly against discrimination and harassment but, rather, from a reactionary stance that views the military as a normative institution and a bastion of patriotic values. Effectively, therefore, the call for repealing the “don't ask, don't tell” policy constitutes a means of protecting the military rather than the rape victims.« (Source: EBSCOhost)

Wikipedia: Military sexual trauma: Sexual assault in the United States military