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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st CenturyA Transnational Feminist Analysis of Women's Lives in Modern Times$
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Kristen Zaleski, Annalisa Enrile, Eugenia L. Weiss, and Xiying Wang

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190927097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190927097.001.0001

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The US Military–Prostitution Complex, Patriarchy, and Masculinity

The US Military–Prostitution Complex, Patriarchy, and Masculinity

A Transnational Feminist Perspective of the Sexual Global Exploitation of Women

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(p.403) 23 The US Military–Prostitution Complex, Patriarchy, and Masculinity
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Women's Journey to Empowerment in the 21st Century
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Eugenia L. Weiss

Annalisa Enrile

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190927097.003.0023

The US military–prostitution complex is a form of institutionalized sexual exploitation of women around American bases located worldwide. From the historical World War II “comfort women” in Japan to the Korean War “camptowns” used for service members’ rest and recreation and the current phenomena of global sex tourism and sex trafficking, the US military has played a role in not only imperialism and attempts at global domination but also the objectification of women. A feminist transnational perspective renders the patriarchy and hypermasculine military culture that involves an “othering” of women and examines the abuse of power in gender relations from an international and militaristic lens. Women, regardless of social and economic status, race/ethnicity, or nationality, can empower themselves to take action through various grassroots network organizations to resist militarism in its various forms, advocate for equity, and promote justice for women and girls worldwide.

Keywords:   military culture, prostitution, sex industry, sex trafficking, military bases, militarism, patriarchy, sexual exploitation

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