Military and Law Enforcement Justification and Implementation of Gender Roles

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Military and Law Enforcement Justification and Implementation of Gender Roles Do our public servants segregate one based on his or her gender and the stereotypes that coincide with it? Even worse, does our military? The answer whether its shocking or not, is yes. Women are often singled out vs. men when it comes to a position where they know their lives are put at risk. According to a government survey less then 15% of all 5 branches of the United State Military are women and 20% of that 15 are sent to reserves. In law enforcement that number lowers even more to somewhere between 10 and 12 percent of all sworn in officers being women. Why? Well there are a few reasons, one of which is the high level of scrutiny and judgment women face when working in these environments, two would be the justification used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Defense (DOD) that women are essential to the human race and should be preserved, and finally the belief that women can not deliver the same results as men. Women in the military and law enforcement often face a separate level of judgment that is rarely mentioned. Now with my own personal experiences working with the United States Coast Guard and my Local Police Department for about 5 years and counting I have seen the reality that so many people try to shy away from. With more and more women exerting “pride” in their gender and self expression, the more they show the more they’re judged. One author, Julia Serano
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