Kathleen Barry, feminist activist and author of Unmaking War, Remaking Men, discusses the social forces at work in the military indoctrination process; how replacing the “self,” and notions of morality, with a “buddy system” of unrelenting devotion to comrades engenders disregard for human life and guarantees atrocities against enemies seen as sub-human; the artificial social construct of masculinity, used as a guarantor of patriarchy and military service; and why a purely defensive military, used as a global peacekeepking force, is both possible and desirable.
MP3 here. (19:59)
Kathleen Barry is a feminist activist, blogger and author of five books including Female Sexual Slavery, which launched an international movement against trafficking in human beings. She is also a sociologist and Professor Emerita. Her latest book is Unmaking War, Remaking Men.