Call On Me – the Homosocial Defined?
So members of the Army ROTC put on a little show in front of McKeldin today.
In my last post, people brought up the idea of the ‘homosocial.’ I tend to reject this idea for various reasons that I’ll get to, but if there were ever a definition of homosocial, then this video would be it.
So I’m still not clear what homosocial is, exactly. And I don’t intend to look it up. I’d much rather have it explained to me. But what I grasp is that it is the affection/closeness/whatever that soldiers are supposed to feel. Also, it is somehow related to DADT.
My rejection of this theory comes from the fact that the actions that define ‘homosocial’ are not sexual in any way. Sure, I’ve shared a sleeping bag with other guys, I’ve showered with other guys (yes, plural and sometimes in the same stall) but none of this was sexual in any way. It was all done out of necessity. So unless homosocial is defined in some sense that I’m missing then my point stands.
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