Ask & tell, just don't perform: military discourses of (in)security and sexual identity.

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dc.contributor.author Shelbourn, Maurianna Goodrich
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-21T16:09:42Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-21T16:09:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/14976
dc.description.abstract The military operates through a system of gender and sexuality hierarchies that privilege masculinity and heterosexuality as the ideal category of service member. This symbolic national institution is also conceptually tied to notions of citizenship. For marginalized groups, gaining the ability to freely enlist in the military represents a benchmark toward achieving full and equal status as political subjects. Such has been the case for the mainstream lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights movement. For much of the past century, military discourses have aided in rhetorically constructing homosexual identities as pathological, deviant, and unfit to serve in the armed forces. A recent shift in this rhetoric from Department of Defense (DoD) officials, which contributed to a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, calls into question how changing discourses about gay and lesbian service members rhetorically construct queer citizenship. To answer this question, theories of gender and sexuality performance, corporeal rhetoric, and critical security discourse inform an analysis of the Report of the Comprehensive Review of the Issues Associated with a Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, a DoD document assessing potential risks to the military upon repeal. The analysis reveals that despite assertions made in the document that open service by gay men and lesbians poses minimal threat, this claim is ultimately grounded in the presumption that institutional hegemony adequately constrains performative possibilities for LGB identity articulation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Sexual identity en_US
dc.subject Militarism en_US
dc.subject Gender identity en_US
dc.subject Don't ask, don't tell en_US
dc.title Ask & tell, just don't perform: military discourses of (in)security and sexual identity. en_US
dc.title.alternative Ask and tell, just don't perform en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Communications Studies en_US
dc.description.advisor Timothy R. Steffensmeier en_US
dc.subject.umi Communication (0459) en_US
dc.date.published 2012 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US


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