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The kind of thing aspirational juniors will see on bookshelves and in briefcases

One of my aims here at PAXsims is to raise up the voices and experiences of professional gamers outside the “male and pale” majority. So here’s your starter for 10, from the Wavell Room:

If you want to be the best Armed Forces, then the only way to go is Feminist.  If you don’t believe me, there’s stacks of writing out there about the importance of diversity and inclusion to making the best decisions, and being the highest performing team.  And there’s also stacks of writing about the importance of feminist thought and analysis when it comes to conflict and peace. 

This post, however, is not about the necessity of Feminism.  This is about how men in Defence can start to change themselves and lead their conservative, homogeneous organisations into a better, more gender-equal future.

Nick P, So you want to be ‘Feminist AF’? at The Wavell Room

It’s worth reading the whole article, but I’ll pull out this one paragraph, and invite PAXsims readership to take up the challenge:

One small sign can be the sight of (particularly senior men) reading the kinds of books and articles that I recommend below.  It’s commonplace for someone like the General I originally wrote to to be reading a weighty, male-authored tome about strategy or leadership.  It’s the kind of thing aspirational juniors will always see on bookshelves and in briefcases etc. 

I asked him to take Soraya Chemaly’s “Rage Becomes Her” and make it something that he carries around with him, to be read as he goes from meeting to meeting, location to location, in the car, on the train, and that people see him reading and carrying, that he places on the table during meetings along with his notebook and briefing papers etc. 

People will see this, and it will send a sign to women in the room, and to men who are shy of being allies but want to participate, and it will begin conversations. 

Nick P, So you want to be ‘Feminist AF’? at The Wavell Room

h/t Louise Martingale at Dstl

3 responses to “The kind of thing aspirational juniors will see on bookshelves and in briefcases

  1. Paul Strong 08/06/2020 at 1:56 pm

    Good leaders read books about the people they might find themselves leading (it worked for Alexander the Great). Rage Becomes Her is an excellent introduction for any officer who needs a primer on the current debate regarding gender and power. As for books by female strategists, I’d recommend reading the excellent Christine de Pizan or perhaps the famous volume edited by Marie von Clausewitz. For a more recent author, Beatrice Heuser’s ‘The Evolution of Strategy’ is well worth a look.

  2. Sally Davis 08/06/2020 at 11:17 am

    Perhaps you could suggest a title or two to broaden everyone’s reading?

  3. David Becker 08/06/2020 at 9:02 am

    Generals are seen “reading a weighty, male-authored tome about strategy or leadership.” Rather than reading the suggested self-styled feminist manifesto “Rage Becomes Her,” why not read a female-authored tome about strategy and leadership? It would seem more to the point.

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