Privacy in Military Showers

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and Gender Violence

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There is one arena where apparently opponents of gay service and advocates of openly gay service agree. That is on the seriousness and prevalence of sexual and gender violence in the military.  read more »

A Modest Proposal

Privacy as a Flawed Rationale for the Exclusion of Gays and Lesbians from the U.S. Military
January 1, 2003
Aaron Belkin, Melissa Sheridan Embser-Herbert
A slightly modified version of this study appears in International Security, vol. 27, no. 2, (Fall, 2002), pp. 178-197.

The justification for excluding acknowledged homosexuals from the U.S. military is the unit cohesion rationale, the notion that lifting the gay ban would undermine combat performance. As a growing body of evidence has challenged the plausibility of this argument, the ban’s supporters increasingly have justified exclusion by the preservation of heterosexual privacy in the barracks and showers. We argue that lifting the gay ban will not undermine heterosexual privacy.  read more »

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military

January 1, 2003
Aaron Belkin, Geoffrey Bateman, editors
Lynne Rienner Publishers

A definitive edited volume of lively debate, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military presents the views of the leading scholars on sexual orientation and the military. This new and unprecedented anthology, published on the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, breaks new ground on U.S. military readiness in a time of war. For the first time, this book brings together a critical mass of experts of different points of view to debate whether the U.S. military’s gay ban is based on military necessity or prejudice.  read more »

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