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And the Flag Was Still There : Straight People, Gay People, and Sexuality in the U.S. Military - Lois Shawver

And the Flag Was Still There

Straight People, Gay People, and Sexuality in the U.S. Military

Paperback Published: 2nd December 1994
ISBN: 9781560238515
Number Of Pages: 262

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In this groundbreaking book, author Lois Shawver substantiates a heretofore unexamined rationale--the “etiquette of disregard”--for lifting the ban against gays in the military. Why do we have a ban on gay people in the military? Primarily it is because most of the military brass and the politicians who support them predict enormous havoc if the ban were lifted. Yet studies show that little would change if the ban were lifted, and in And the Flag Was Still There, Shawver uses both anecdotal and systematic data to present her unique perspective that is of substantial interest not only to individuals interested in this military issue, but also to those in other occupations where gay people are discriminated against either by open policy or subtle historical trend.This “etiquette of disregard” is an overlooked aspect of human sexual behavior where people who have the potential to find each other sexually attractive typically protect against this potential by simply remaining asexual. This behavior is readily apparent in other professions. Because doctors and nurses conform to this code of behavior or “etiquette of disregard,” they are able to examine the bodies of naked patients without melting into an uncomfortable lust. It is the same “etiquette of disregard” used by artists in the presence of nude models. And gay people, Shawver reminds us, are the most practiced of all in this etiquette because this is what allows them to go unnoticed to heterosexuals in public rest rooms, locker rooms, and dressing rooms.So are gays in the military any different? And the Flag Was Still There looks at the possibility of openly gay soldiers living and fighting in intimate situations--without incident. Readers curious about homosexuals--be they parents, spouses, or friends--will find much in this book to spark their thinking about the issue of gays in the military and their own perceptions of interactions with gay people in day-to-day life.Author Lois Shawver has served as an expert in numerous trials dealing with the issue of bodily modesty in our culture--whether between men and women or between homosexuals and heterosexuals. All readers will enjoy her reasoned body of knowledge as it informs, educates, and entertains.

Foreword
Preface
Why the Military Would Ban Homosexualsp. 1
Why the Military Wants to Ban Homosexualsp. 3
How Do We Decide about the Ban?p. 6
A Reason to Think It Might Workp. 7
Recognizing Our Cultural Contextp. 9
The Question of Heterosexual Modestyp. 15
The Mystery of Modestyp. 15
The Prudishness of Americansp. 17
The Development of Modesty in American Childrenp. 19
What Our Modesty Myths Tell Usp. 20
The Real Effect of Modesty Traditionsp. 21
Our Modesty Folklore and Homosexualityp. 25
Nakedness and the Etiquette of Disregardp. 27
Where Do We Find the Etiquette of Disregard?p. 31
The Flexibility of Our Modesty Concernsp. 34
Violations of the Etiquette of Disregardp. 38
Homosexual Violation of Disregard with Heterosexualsp. 38
Why Some People Dislike Gaysp. 47
Five Homosexual Mythsp. 49
Who Dislikes Homosexuals?p. 56
The Problem with Don't Ask, Don't Tellp. 61
Three Men Who Formed Their Homosexual Identity in the Militaryp. 63
What It Means to Form a Gay Identityp. 71
The Stages of Forming a Homosexual Identityp. 71
How Many Homosexuals Are There Really?p. 79
The Myth of the True Homosexualp. 80
Research on Proportions Who Engage in Homosexual Activityp. 86
The Military Situationp. 90
How Would Homosexuals Affect Morale?p. 93
Military Predictions of Disaster Unfoundedp. 95
Why It Seems that Removing the Ban Will Workp. 102
Stories of Real People Hurt by the Banp. 109
How Homosexuals Get Booted Outp. 111
How Homosexuals Get Caughtp. 112
How Homosexuals Get Outwittedp. 112
The Easy Catchp. 123
The Accused Homosexualp. 128
The Homosexual Who Outwits the Interrogatorp. 138
How It Would Work in Our Post Cold War Militaryp. 143
The Pros and Cons of a Shift in Military Philosophyp. 145
Can the Military Change?p. 147
Homosexuals in the New Militaryp. 148
What Can be Done to Facilitate the Changep. 149
Notesp. 155
Referencesp. 215
Subject Indexp. 251
Name Indexp. 255
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781560238515
ISBN-10: 1560238518
Series: Haworth gay & lesbian studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 2nd December 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1