Essay about Gi Jane

1145 Words Oct 2nd, 1999 5 Pages
The film G.I. Jane takes place in the 1990's and shows discrimination of a women in the United States Navy. Lieutenant Jordan O' Neal played by Demi Moore, is a naval intelligence officer who has ambitions of moving beyond her military desk job, to become a member of the Navy Seal. Thanks to the political maneuvering of a female senator, O' Neal becomes the first female candidate for the Navy Seals. The Seal's are the military's elite Special Forces team. O' Neal becomes the guinea pig of senator Lillian DeHaven in this film. DeHaven bullies the Navy into taking O'Neal as a Seal recruit in order to become the first female member of the Navy Seal. O'Neal is put through a series of tests and her main obstacle is Master Chief John …show more content…
In the closing scenes, the recruits final training exercise is diverted to aid in extracting American troops from the Middle East, the Master Chief was critically wounded. O'Neil gathered all her leadership experience and courage to save him and the mission, even at the cost of risking her own life. Demi Moore's portrayal of strong determined women should come as no surprise. Sampson Deborb (1760-1827) was the first women to enlist in the American armed forces under the name Robert Shurhlieff. She disguised herself as a man t serve in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment in 1782 during the Revolutionary War. She was twice wounded first by a Saber in a skirmmish in Tarry Town, NY and then by a Musket shot near East Chester. The second wound was serious but she attended it herself rather than risk revealing her identity. She was awarded a full pension from Congress in September of 1818. Today a monument to her stands in her hometown of Sharon, Massachusetts. (Edmonson, 1995, p.285). Presently in the military and in civilian life sexism and discrimination are issues that still continue and are being addressed. Gender norms and expectations are enforced through informal sanctions of gender-inappropriate behaviors by peers and by formal punishment or threat of punishment by those in authority should behaviors deviate two far from socially imposed

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