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Quiet Sufferers: Men, Masculinity, and Medicine

Posted by on Jul 7, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 1 comment

By Brittany L. Stalsburg The men in my life have always perfectly reflected the masculine ideal of “quiet suffering.” My two grandfathers (one who has passed and one who is alive) both endured a series of debilitating health conditions, from heart surgery to diabetes to the gradual loss of muscle strength that confined them to canes, walkers, and eventually for one, a wheel chair. Both World War II veterans, raised and socialized in a...

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A Civilian’s Story

Posted by on Jun 30, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 1 comment

Command discretion. Enlistees and officers. PTSD. Courts-martial. Military Sexual Trauma. The military institution is replete with unfamiliar language whose connotations and meanings are best understood by those who have served. As a civilian employee working on gender and military issues at the Service Women’s Action Network, learning this terminology was a job in itself, as knowing the simple definitions of these words can hardly capture the...

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Primmum Non Nocere

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 1 comment

As if women’s vulnerability to sexual assault wasn’t high enough, the Florida State Board of Medicine recently ruled that an ex-Air Force doctor who is a convicted rapist may be permitted to retain his medical license and practice in governmental facilities, including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers. In light of the recent report that found a horrifying number of rapes are occurring at VA hospitals (including medical...

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Hey Baby, Let Me See A Smile!

Posted by on Jun 3, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 3 comments

Every day, I walk 8 blocks down Fifth Avenue to work and then back again. Now that the weather is getting nicer in New York, I especially look forward to these walks when I can sip on my latte, do some window shopping, and bask in the sun before August rolls around and the hot air suffocates so much that it is unpleasant to be outside for a minute, let alone walk ten to work. However, there are often days that—weather problems aside— this...

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Misogyny, rape myths, and classism OH MY!

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 2 comments

Yesterday I wrote about the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the IMF chief who was recently arrested for the sexual assault of a hotel maid. In my post, I wrote about the “conspiracy theories” that were already mounting against the credibility of the victim. As in so many rape and sexual assault cases, rape myths abound, like the idea that the victim “asked for it,” or that rape isn’t rape unless violent force is involved, and this...

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IMF Chief Arrested But Sexual Violence Crisis Continues Unabated

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 0 comments

This past Saturday IMF Chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for sexually assaulting a 32-year old female staff member of a luxury Manhattan hotel. Because of flight risk concerns, the IMF Chief is currently being held without bail on Riker’s Island. To many, the story seems to represent progress in the sexual violence movement—unlike the vast majority of sexual violence survivors, the victim actually reported the crime, something that...

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Navy Encounters Opposition After Announcing Plan to Allow Same-Sex Marriage

Posted by on May 11, 2011 in About Face, Brittany Stalsburg | 0 comments

Although the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed back in December 2010, repeal has not been fully implemented, and many unanswered questions still persist for the fate of LGBT servicemembers. One of these unknowns is whether or not the military branches will allow same-sex couples to marry. The pushback is based around the specious argument that the Navy’s rule would violate the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA),...

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