When boys will be jarheads
November 16, 2005 News & Politics
My latest from In These Times compares "Jarhead" the movie and "Jarhead" the book to make this argument about the connection between masculinity and violence:
The antiwar leftÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s well-founded argument about the connection between class and military recruiting does not acknowledge the other, equally compelling reason why young men sucuumb to the militaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s allure. These boys enlist for the same reason their peers join street gangs: for the heady cocktail of violence, intense camraderie and sexual aggression that makes them feel like a man. From a poor inner city kidÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s point of view, there isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that much difference between becoming a jarhead or a gang member; itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a matter of ducking bullets in the Sunni Triangle or in your backyard. More importantly, fighting in Iraq may actually be the safer option.There's more HERE.