Service within the extremely gendered North Atlantic Treaty Organization : civil and military personnel’s approaches to gender equality-focused policies



Rok publikování 2023
Druh Článek v odborném periodiku
Časopis / Zdroj European Journal of Politics and Gender
Fakulta / Pracoviště MU

Fakulta sociálních studií

Klíčová slova women’s and men’s perspectives; women in the military; North Atlantic Treaty Organization; gender equality policy
Popis The article emphasises the challenges in the implementation of gender equality-focused policies in military missions and demonstrates the backlash these policies can create in everyday social interaction in military missions. A qualitative method of thematic analysis was used to study 17 in-depth interviews with former civilian and military personnel in the International Security Assistance Force and Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. The discursive exploratory analysis displayed that normative masculine constructions foster an environment in which women are perceived as: a threat to the unit they are part of; disruptive to male bonding in the unit; an objectified body; and an essential part of the successful mission in Afghanistan. Gender equality-focused policies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization face resistance in implementation because they threaten resources perceived greatly important in the organisation: normative masculine constructions. The military fails in attempts to manage diversity, and the military culture further values and reinforces sameness.
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