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dc.contributor.authorHughes, Ashley Tayloren
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-23T07:00:17Zen
dc.date.available2016-11-23T07:00:17Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06-01en
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:5318en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/73487en
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, I analyze responses to the 1994 Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule (DGCDAR), the policy that until January 24, 2013 formally barred women from serving in combat. Specifically, I use feminist theories of embodiment, equality, and difference to interpret how interlocutors represent female service members in the "Letters" section of the Marine Corps Gazette and interviews I collected from members of the military community. I find that the most common arguments against women in combat locate gender difference in the physically sexed body, centering primarily on female nature, sexuality, and strength. Throughout this project, I demonstrate how these arguments are persuasive because the discourse understands equality as sameness to a male norm. This equality as sameness paradigm perpetuates gender-based barriers to parity by expecting women to function just like men. Ultimately, I argue for a more inclusive conception of equality that acknowledges difference.en
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/en
dc.subjectMilitaryen
dc.subjectCombaten
dc.subjectFeminist Theoryen
dc.subjectCritical Theoryen
dc.subjectRhetoricen
dc.titleWomen in Combat: A Critical Analysis of Responses to the U.S. Military's Recent Inclusion Effortsen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentEnglishen
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen
dc.contributor.committeechairHausman, Bernice L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberHeilker, Paul V.en
dc.contributor.committeememberMazzolini, Elizabeth A.en


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