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Monday Evening Linkage

November 11, 2013

  • Transgender Veterans are fighting to get their military paperwork to match their preferred gender identity. This raises SO many interesting and important issues for the US military- ones that it will have to face. For example, discharge papers -which may include an individuals former gender identifier- are used for future employment, benefits, funeral instructions etc.
  • A recent Gallup poll revealed that Americans still prefer a male boss– and at a margin that hasn’t changed in over a decade. One possible reason offered is that people prefer what they know- and most Americans currently work for a dude.
  • Time Magazine published a list of Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Gender Gap, including some ‘good’ news, like: women who work part time get paid more than men who work part time; and, the wage gap is narrower for younger workers.
  • Australia’s first female Prime Minister (who was ousted earlier this year) has said that the ‘gender revolution‘ she had hoped for has largely failed.
  • A recent studying looking at gender differences in marriage found– amongst other things- that men don’t need to discuss their emotions and like to be ‘fussed’ over by their wives. Earth shattering.
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Megan MacKenzie is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government and International Relations at the University of Sydney in Australia. Her main research interests include feminist international relations, gender and the military, the combat exclusion for women, the aftermaths of war and post-conflict resolution, and transitional justice. Her book Beyond the Band of Brothers: the US Military and the Myth that Women Can't Fight comes out with Cambridge University Press in July 2015.