Body shaming in the military is not new. For centuries recruits have been tormented and shamed to encourage them to be fit to fight. However in the face of extreme Fat Shaming in the twenty-first century of both genders, this article considers the changing focus on the body in the last two centuries and discusses bullying, suicide, and abuse as part of the attainment of the perfect military body.
‘Invalid’: The Power of a Label
The word 'invalid' has existed for over 2000 years. It's meaning has changed and evolved. Recently the word describe wounded troops or disabled individuals, but also meant 'not valued' - this article considers the damage of a label and questions how the interpretations of invalid have linked to discriminate and segregate.
Out in the Cold: Scottish Military Suicide 1914 – 2018
Military Suicide is a growing concern but a historic issue. This post for #mentalhealthawarenessweek discusses the impact on Scottish soldiers and explains how these deaths have often been hidden from history.
Kitchener’s Snowflakes – Recruitment Campaigns of Today and Yesterday
Snowflakes - We want you! This article looks at the heart and similarities of the controversial British Army Recruitment Campaign and its connections to Kitchener's original order.