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I listened to British feminists in standing-roomonly halls dissect heterosexism and patriarchy (I had never before heard either term). I added to my subscriptions two British publications, the feminist research journal Feminist Review and the feminist news magazine Spare Rib. I met Jane Hawksley, a then-young British feminist editor at a labor-union-supported small publisher, Pluto Press, who urged me to take a fresh look at all of the militaries I’d been investigating and to start looking for women in those militaries.

Perhaps that is because the term is less threatening to men. I felt this substitution was not necessarily a great improvement unless we simultaneously talked of the other side (Krishna Raj 2002). While a great deal had been written about femininity, not much work existed on masculinity and so I tried to say something about it. Sexual identities are made up of three kinds of directional tendency: (i) sexual orientation, (ii) style of behavior and (iii) core identity. In most of us, all three point in the same direction.

My own development as a women’s studies scholar is thus intimately linked to the history of my host institution. I could not have done as much as I did in women’s studies but for the pioneering and promotional spirit of the important figures in that institution, not through any outside influence or lobbying. Unique about the founding of women’s studies in the university was that it was the first initiative in the country and long before the UGC stepped in to support women’s studies in higher education.

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