Male soldiers' constructions of masculinity, sexuality and sexual violence

SOURCE: Journal of Psychology in Africa
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2010
TITLE AUTHOR(S): N.Mankayi
KEYWORDS: MASCULINITY, MEN, SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR, SOLDIERS, VIOLENCE
DEPARTMENT: Human and Social Capabilities (HSC)
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 6698

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Abstract

This article explores soldiers' constructions of masculinity, sexual practices and gender-based violence, in particular sexual violence towards women. Fourteen male soldiers in the South African National Defence Force between the ages of 23 and 33 years old participated. A discourse analysis was carried out on the individual interview transcripts. This analysis highlights the pervasiveness of contradictory discourses in which men articulate a human rights discourse that women have a right to refuse sex with their male partners, while on the other hand, women's refusals raise questions for men. Tackling sexual violence involves the examination of dominant constructions of masculinity, in particular discourses prescribing traditional male sexual practices that inadvertently facilitate coercive and violent sexual practices.