Selfhood, war and masculinity
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Current debate on the implications of equal opportunity programmes for women has thrown up some conceptual complexities about sexual equality and sexual difference. Equal opportunity demands that there be no exclusion from job prospects on the grounds of gender; and the wider demands of equality of citizenship seem to require that there be no civil rights reserved exclusively for men, and no special exemptions for women from civil duties. But sexual equality sometimes cuts across what seem legitimate demands for the recognition of sexual difference. Having granted that there are none so prone to see sexual difference as those who are disinclined to grant sexual equality, there do seem nonetheless to be some unresolved dilemmas here that go beyond the operations of prejudice in individuals or groups, pointing to some thing deeper in our conceptualisations of gender, our ideals of citizenship and our understanding of the public/private distinction. The question of admitting women to combat positions in the armed forces-combining, as it does, issues of morality, of the demands of citizenship, and of equality in employment opportunity-poses these dilemmas in particularly stark form.