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The bombing of the dual Towers in manhattan on September eleven, 2001, marked a big turning aspect in glossy American tradition. Authors Bruce Tucker and Priscilla L. Walton study serious moments within the aftermath of 11th of September arguing that commentators deserted complexity, looking to lessen occasions to their least difficult signification.
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Originally produced for the BBC program Correspondent, the documentary contextualized the widely covered saving of Private Lynch, which, it argued, was totally fabricated. In its view, a special ops team “rescued” the injured private from, as Donald Rumsfeld put it, “what they call a hospital” – that is, a hospital – from which the Republican Guard had ﬂed, and where she was being well-treated. ” Kampfner’s request of the Pentagon for the full footage (as opposed to the ﬁve-minute edited version shown on TV) was turned down.
Women and the military: feminist and anti-feminist arguments Although these two ﬁlms constrained the discussion of the role of women in the military to the stories of individuals in a maledominated profession, Lynch’s story provided the catalyst for the more generalized debate about the role of women in combat. There are currently about 210,000 women, or about 15 percent of the workforce, in the US military (6 percent of the Marines, and 19 percent of the Air Force). Changes to the regulations governing women in combat brought about by the Clinton government in 1994 34 American Culture Transformed removed the prohibitions on subjecting women to risk, and consequently about 90 percent of military jobs are now open to women (Wilgoren).