All of the readings look at rape in a military system. Both of Myers’s articles look at the U.S. military and female soldiers, while Enloe looks at rape by military men to (mostly) random women. Myers’s articles were really interesting to me because I know so little on the subject. Looking at how women are treated in the military, I could not help to think that no matter what the Pentagon says, women are not equal to men yet. Women cannot go on the front lines. His articles showed that there are many issues for women in the military still, despite the changes that have been made by the military. I was shocked to read, “A woman in the military is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq,” (2). When I think of the risks that soldiers take for America when they go to war, I do not think of the risk of rape. The sexual assaults and harassments are underreported, yet they are reported enough to make rape a greater risk than being shot. In Myers article “Living…” something else caught my eye. One Sergeant said that he has never relieved a woman, but he has relieved a man. Is this because women feel like that they have to live up to something more? Later in article it is reported women feel like they don’t have to prove anything, but they are called bitches, sluts, and dykes? It is clear that women are not equal to men in the military.
Enloe focuses on the Bosnia mass rapes. The Bosnian war is one example of a mass rape, but rape is found in every war. The Rape of Nanking and in the Rwandan genocide are also examples of mass rapes in war. She focuses on how the rapist, Borislay, felt a need to prove his masculinity, and the way he proved it was through rape. I thought it was incredibly disgusting how Borislav was taught to rape women. He did not want to show that he even felt guilty. I wonder if he had just one other male in the group who outspokenly said that he did not want to rape anyone, what would have happened? This culture of rape in war is terrifying. It is hard to comprehend how rape came to be a way to show masculinity. It is scary to think of the terrible things that people can do to each other.