I’ll Trade You Skittles for a Blowjob: Assessing the Role of Anti-Female Memes in Military Sexual Harassment and Assault

Caitlin Cornelius, Elizabeth Monk-Turner

Abstract


Humor is a foundational element of culture and can have both positive and negative effects within a group or society. One such group with its own well-defined culture is the United States military. Sexual assault has been highlighted of late as a major challenge facing military leadership, policy
makers, and military personnel themselves. This study is a content analysis that examines 35 internet memes taken from a Google search of military memes and identifies emergent themes. Four thematic units were identified within the sample. The results indicate possible focal points for the future construction of education programs geared toward military sexual assault and harassment training, as well as a jumping off point for future research concerning military workplace culture and sexual assault.


Keywords


military sexual harassment; military memes; military workplace culture

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