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Good Soldiers Don't Rape

The Stories We Tell About Military Sexual Violence

Author(s): Megan MacKenzie

ISBN: 9781009273930
Publication Date: 6/7/2023
Pages: 180
Format: Paperback
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Sexual violence is a significant problem within many Western militaries. Despite international attention to the issue and global #MeToo and #TimesUp movements highlighting the impact of sexual violence, rates of sexual violence are going up in many militaries. This book uses feminist theories of 'rape culture' and institutional gaslighting to identify the key stories, myths, and misconceptions about military sexual violence that have obstructed addressing and preventing it. It is a landmark study that considers nearly thirty years of media coverage of military sexual violence in three case countries – the US, Canada and Australia. The findings have implications not only for those seeking to address, reduce, and prevent sexual violence in militaries, but also for those hoping to understanding rape culture and how patriarchy operates more broadly. It will appeal to students, scholars and general readers interested in gender, feminism and the military.

  • Uses feminist theories of 'rape culture' and sexual violence in an analysis of the military, military culture, and internal sexual violence
  • Provides a multi-case analysis of sexual violence in different national contexts
  • Highlights long-standing patterns and key stories and myths told about military sexual violence via analysis of nearly thirty years of media coverage across three case countries