Militarization and section 2, question 2: final exam!

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University of Toronto St. George
Women and Gender Studies
June Larkin

Militarization According to Cynthia Enloe, militarization can be defined as, A step-by-step process by which a person or a thing gradually comes to be controlled by the military or comes to depend for its well-being on militaristic ideas. The more militarization transforms an individual or a society, the more that individual or society comes to imagine military needsto be not only valuable but also normal. This course emphasizes the impact that militarization has on peoples lives and it also discusses how it affects gender roles. Cynthia Enloe offers examples of how militarization affects peoples lives by stating that it influences how children may view the military because toys are designed and marketed with militaristic purposes in mind. An example of this may be GI JOE. Militarization also influences hope that fathers may have for their sons and voters presumptions about electable candidates. In the lecture, it is also seen how militarization has an impact on gender roles. That is because women are supposed to be seen as naturally loving, nurturing and committed to peace, while men are supposed to be the violent and protective ones. This view enforces inclusion
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