SNEAK PEEK: Sergeant or Sex Object?

“Up the skirt, pull down the panties.”

That’s reportedly how U.S. military recruits learn a certain rifle movement during boot camp. With sexualized language teaching routine military procedures, should we be surprised that the military too often punishes victims of sexual abuse rather than the perpetrators? Natalie Wilson’s article “Culture of Rape,” looks at the plague of sexual assault in the military in the new, Spring issue of Ms.

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Casey Reed attends Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she double-majors in Feminist Gender Sexuality Studies (FGSS) and English with an Emphasis in Creative Writing. She plays for the Wesleyan Women's Varsity Volleyball team and participates in Wesleyan's only short-form Improv(e) Comedy troupe, Desperate Measures.