This presentation will feature the findings from several years of research on the integration of women into infantry roles in the US and Australia. It will focus primarily on the experience of US women who have integrated into infantry roles since the combat exclusion policy changed in 2013. The presentation will include an overview of the high expectations placed on removing the combat exclusion, including the hope that this policy change could begin to ease recruitment, retention and promotion, and lower sexual harassment rates for women.
The figure of the “good man” or “real man” is a common trope in Papua New Guinean and international campaigns to address HIV and AIDS, and violence against women. This figure is imagined as a perfect role model who is compliant with the directives of prevention slogans: a wearer of condoms, a faithful partner, non-violent and in control of everything from anger to sexual appetite, to alcohol consumption.