Non-Commissioned Officers and Attitudes towards Military Women in the Norwegian Air Force : “It’s always nice when there are girls around”
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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OriginalversjonRes Militaris. 5, 1-16. Hentet 31.oktober 2016 fra http://resmilitaris.net/index.php?ID=1022701
The main objective of the study presented in this article was to investigate men and masculinities, with a particular focus on the meaning of masculinities for recruitment and retention of female personnel. Fieldwork and seven semi-structured interviews with NCOs were conducted at a Norwegian Air Force Base. Analysis revealed three major themes : positive attitudes towards women in the military ; stereotypical perceptions of women ; and doubts about women's physical capacities. The findings are discussed in relation to R.W. Connell's work on hegemonic masculinity. The attitudes revealed can be related to the gender order in the society at large, and are likely to be the result of the global dominance of males over females. Initiatives to increase the number of women in the Armed Forces should therefore not only occur inside the military culture, but also address the socio-cultural level to change dominant gender ideologies and stereotypes.
Originally published in Res Militaris (http://resmilitaris.net) as part of its second ERGOMAS issue on 'Women in the Military', February 2016. Made available to Brage, courtesy of the editors of Res Militaris.