By Channa Zaccai
This paper primarily aims to expose the complexity of everyday reality in the Israeli military in terms of sexual ‘identity’ and behavior as opposed to formal claims. It is argued that, although the Israeli military portrays itself as an ostensibly ‘all-inclusive’ gender egalitarian institute for all its Jewish citizens, bringing ‘the diverse strata of Israeli society together’ (Belkin & Levitt 2001: 555), gay men’s identity is in fact informally restricted. Not only gay men, however, have to constantly maneuver in a context that upholds a hegemonic masculine and heterosexual norm; heterosexual men and women as well have to negotiate such norms.
This article by Channa Zaccai was originally published in Amsterdam Social Science Volume 4 Issue 2 (2012). Click here for the complete article.
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