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Militarized CurrentsToward a Decolonized Future in Asia and the Pacific$
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Setsu Shigematsu and Keith L. Camacho

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665051

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665051.001.0001

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Masculinity and Male-on-Male Sexual Violence in the Military

Masculinity and Male-on-Male Sexual Violence in the Military

Focusing on the Absence of the Issue

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Militarized Currents

Insook Kwon

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores male-on-male sexual violence in the contemporary South Korean military as well as the conditions of such sexual conduct and homoerotic practices based on surveys and first-hand interviews with military personnel. It also analyzes the mass media and official military responses to this phenomenon, with particular emphasis on the reasons for the public silence surrounding the issue. Given South Korea’s mandatory military conscription system, the chapter suggests that the sanctioned masculinity in the military—and how it is practiced and engendered—should be a major issue for those concerned with gendered inequality and sexual violence. It also argues that the problem with male sexual violence lies in justifying sexual violence as a sign of intimacy or of becoming closer with another.

Keywords:   male-on-male sexual violence, South Korea, military, mass media, military conscription, masculinity, gendered inequality, intimacy

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