The topic I decided to do my research paper over was women in the military and how their male counterparts interacted with them. I choose this topic because I’ve often heard comments about women military personnel from male military personnel. This prompted me to want to know how women are treated in the military and how males feel about them.
I think this is important to investigate because the military is one of the more traditional careers that is left in the United States. Also, because it’s only been two decades since women have been allowed to have combat roles in the military. I believe that there will always be underlying friction between sexes in the military because many of the men are very masculine by society standards and they feel threatened by women trying to become as masculine as them.
The research I conducted was in survey form. I asked a series of fifteen, unbiased questions to both male and female military members. An example of one of the questions I asked was, “What has been your experience with women/men in the military? Mostly positive or negative?”. I emailed these surveys ten military personnel from various branches of the military. I choose to use email as a medium of communication because I knew it would be easier for them to answer my questions if they were able to do it on their own time, most the people I am acquainted with live in distant parts of the United States and they’re more likely to answer more honestly.
I tried to have an even distribution of males and females. I surveyed two males from the Marine Corps, one male from the Army, one male from the Air Force, and one male from the National Guard. I surveyed three females from the Air Force, one female from the Army, and one female from the National Guard.
Through my research I discovered that people in the more combat centric roles to be more negative toward the women they encounter. This would include the Marines and the Army male participants. This is the behavior that I expected to see. Throughout their answers to the surveys, it was evident that they had a more dominant personality and were very opinionated.
One of the questions I asked in my survey was, “Do men act or speak derogatively to women?”. I found it interesting how the Marines and Army male participant responded to this question. They responded that if the women complained a lot and made excuses they would often be spoken down to but if they acted like one of the guys they gained a lot of respect.
The answers I received from the Air Force and the National Guard we way more accepting of the women. I believe this is because many of they’re jobs aren’t as high stress as the infantry men and women of the Marine Corp and the Army. Which then makes it easier for there to be greater equality between the sexes.
The women I questioned answered in a way that I completely did not expect. Some responded in a way that indicates almost an ignorance about the issue of gender in the...