Analysis in Brown’s “Transsexuals in the Military: Flight Into Hypermasculinity”


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Analysis in Brown's “Transsexuals in the Military: Flight Into Hypermasculinity"
George R. Brown presents a unique perspective in describing the concept of
, or “make believe masculinity” (527) in his 1988 article, “Transsexuals in the Military: Flight Into
.” As both a captain in the United States Air Force and a military psychiatrist in a major Midwestern medical center at the time of the publishing of the article, Brown presents a view of transgendered male gender-
“patients,” as he refers to the subjects of the study in the article based on DSM-III criteria for
sin, and analyzes their behaviors and development in an inherently
“macho” (528) environment, the...
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subjects being diagnosed as having personality “disorders” and deemed “
to military service” (535), as official military policy.
It is for this reason -- that the military provides an environment where “forcing a fit” can be realized, assuming an enlistee can serve full-term and not experience
“breakdown” -- that Brown believes the military may have a higher incidence of transsexuals in it than that of the civilian population (535). An interesting finding, and one wonders how “don’t ask don’t tell” has affected these beliefs and how the military has responded.
Brown, George R. “Transsexuals In the Military: Flight Into
.” Archives of Sexual Behavior. 17.6: 527-537, 1988.