Dissertation help required!

#1
Hi!

I'm hoping you might be able to help me.

I'm in my final year at Southampton uni and am writing a dissertation on sexual assault in warfare.... I know, a pretty awful subject and, yes, I can ruin a good party in about 5 minutes flat.

However, I'm looking at all these different social theories that have been proposed following Bosnia and Rwanda and realise not ONE theorist has thought to ask the military why they think it happens.

Now OBVIOUSLY the British Army is not known for this but my Czech is somewhat lacking and, following a brief talk with someone just back from Afghanistan, I thought your opinions are still worth more than those who have NEVER been in a combat environment.

Number one: I don't want to offend anyone. Not in anyway am I suggesting that you guys would have attacked women etc- like I said, I'm specifically looking into Bosnia and Rwanda for my dissertation.

BUT assaults DO happen in the military and, having read 'Mass Rape' by Stiglmayer, I (in my idealistic youth) would very much like to try and put a stop to it in future wars.... And you guys might have the insight I'm looking for.

Basically, I have drawn up a survey and would love it if you took the time to HONESTLY fill it out... Some questions are borderline controversial BUT it's all entirely anonymous. It will be confidential and not used outside of my dissertation..... But it IS pivotal to my dissertation so all help would be very much appreciated!

The link for the survey is:

*edit* please PM me is you would like to partake.


Many thanks in advance,

Kat.
 
#2
unbelievable!!!
i thought i had seen everything on this site

what kind of response do you seriously expect from the members who use
this site?
 

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#4
Might want to look into how the red army acted during the final offensive of ww2. I think Anthony Beevors Armageddon has a lot about this (he did write that book didnt he? Or was it max hasting?)
 
#5
hey Kat,

Sounds like an interesting topic you have. Unfortunately I do not have any experience or this subject matter but wish you the best of luck. I'll pass your survey on to a few friends of mine that don't use the site.

You may want to change the thread title though.

You will indeed as Fusiler said, get some idiotic repsonse, just ignore them as you will get some very good and informed responses aswell.

It might be in your interest to remove the link to the questionaire and get people to PM you for it. You may well get some idiots filling it in in a jokey way.

Hope it all goes well.

edited to add:

I think in some civil wars / uprisings rape of women was used as a tool of genocide. They would kill all of the men. Soldiers would infect themselves with HIV and rape all of the women in order to pass it on to them and any children they had in future. I can't for the life o me remember where this happened but I think it was 80's / 90's in an African country.
 
#6
fcuk off journo

If you are for real, get in touch with the COs, prove your worth and get one of them to vouch for you.

PS your questions are leading, **** (what does 28 mean?) and you expecting them to be sent to a insecure HOTMAIL address?! Loon
 
#8
I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole.

A quick look at the questions leaves me in little doubt that as well as collecting the info you claim to be looking for, you also appear to be collecting an awful lot of unrelated information:

1. sexual preferences in the forces.

2. the effect military training has on both preceived masculinity and aggression.

3. cases of sexual discrimination in the forces

4. attitudes toward females working in the forces

5. numbers of unreported sexual offences that may have happened

6. members of armed forces committing physical and sexual assaults

... and many more.

For a student in their final year who is writing a dissertation, you also seem to have a surprisingly bad grasp of both grammar and spelling.

Perhaps if you were to revisit the survey and reduce the number of questions and improve their relevance to what you claim to be researching, you may get some responses.
 
#9
jest265 said:
hey Kat,

Sounds like an interesting topic you have. Unfortunately I do not have any experience or this subject matter but wish you the best of luck. I'll pass your survey on to a few friends of mine that don't use the site.

You may want to change the thread title though.

You will indeed as Fusiler said, get some idiotic repsonse, just ignore them as you will get some very good and informed responses aswell.

It might be in your interest to remove the link to the questionaire and get people to PM you for it. You may well get some idiots filling it in in a jokey way.

Hope it all goes well.

edited to add:

I think in some civil wars / uprisings rape of women was used as a tool of genocide. They would kill all of the men. Soldiers would infect themselves with HIV and rape all of the women in order to pass it on to them and any children they had in future. I can't for the life o me remember where this happened but I think it was 80's / 90's in an African country.

Thanks for the advice, think I will remove it.....

I was mostly hoping to break down some stereotypes, which I thought might be of interest.

Yes, I agree the questions are limited BUT i felt to start talking about various theories might get too indepth- by all means if someone wants to discuss the cultural pathology or strategic theories or the biosocial theory, then by all means, PM me.

That's also why I put a comments box at the end, for those who had other ideas why it happened.

I set up a general email because I didnt want people to have my personal email address- which I pleased about following some of these comments.

Thanks for those that have been helpful tho!
 
#10
Yes, I agree the questions are limited BUT i felt to start talking about various theories might get too indepth- by all means if someone wants to discuss the cultural pathology or strategic theories or the biosocial theory, then by all means, PM me.
Kat, you would be surprised at the depth of knowledge of Soldiers, even those with no formal academic qualifications.

Yes , their spelling and grammar may leave something to be desired in some cases, but never underestimate the ability of a Soldier to engage with you on a subject.

Especially when couched in terms he can readily understand and reply to.
 
#11
To save anybody going to the trouble to PM Kat only to find that they're faced with a form that they will decline to complete, here's an abridged version.

(abridged) said:
Masculinity and Aggression in the Military

This survey is completely anonymous and will be kept confidential. It will be used within my dissertation research and it is essential that you answer as honestly as possible. If you have any questions or comments please contact me at sotondissertationsurvey@hotmail.co.uk.
1. Gender?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you currently serving in:
British military
American military
Different military
Not currently serving in any military
4. Have you ever served in: [the above]
5. What area do you work in (or the last area before you left)? [list of jobs]
6. Have you ever served 'in the field' in combat or hostile situations? Where?
7. How long have you served?
8. How long was your training?
9. How physically demanding was your training?
10. How mentally challenging was your training?
11. What qualities do you feel define 'masculinity'? Tick all that apply.
12. Did you feel more masculine after your military training?
13. Following your training, do you feel more aggressive now?
14. If you are female, have you experienced sexism within the services? Please elaborate:
15. Do you feel a combat /field role in the military is an appropriate job for a woman?
16. If no, why not?
17. Do you think women should be 'in the line of fire'?
18. If no, why not?
19. Why did you join the military? Tick all that apply [includes "To shoot people]
20. If you are serving/ have served in the military, are you aware of any physical assaults on civilians whilst on patrol?
21. If yes, please describe (who was involved? Was the victim male or female? Was it a physical assault or sexual? Was it spontaneous or planned? Was it ever reported? Etc.)
22. Have you ever been charged/ convicted of a physical assault ?
23. Have you ever been charged/ convicted of a sexual assault?
24. If you were given orders to assault a woman, would you? Please answer honestly, this is all confidential. Honest. [The last word is my addition]
25. Do you (or did you) find it difficult to refuse orders that you did not agree with?
26. Do you feel that "following orders" is a justifiable defence for assaults?
27. Have you done things under 'peer' pressure that you might not have done otherwise?
28. Would you feel comfortable expressing alternate views to that of your regiment?
29. Bosnia and Rwanada exhibited a massive number of sexual assaults and rapes. Various social theories have been put forward to try and explain this. Below are various elements from different theories. In your opinion, why might rape be seen as a weapon of war? Tick all that apply.
30. Do you feel rape would be counter-productive in a warfare situation (ie. it might galvanise the enemy)?
31. Thank you for taking the time to fil in the survey. Obviously this is a complex issue and it is difficult watering it down to yes or no answers. Therefore, is there anything else you would like to add in relation to any of the above questions or themes?
For a dissertation supposedly based on Rwanda and Bosnia, it seems a little surprising that only one question relates to these areas (Q29), while the remaining questions ask about the psychological impact of military training and asks for details of the respondent's OWN TROOPS guilty acts.

I may have missed a bit somewhere, but I'm not aware of any questions relating to whether the respondent has witnessed the crimes or impact of crimes committed by the antagonists to whom he has been providing a peace-keeping service.

Perhaps Kat would care to provide a link to her university faculty so that it can be confirmed that this is a bona fide dissertation?
 
#12
As far as I am aware, it would have been against most ethics commitee guidlines to lie about her intentions and the aims of this study.

There are a number of questions on here that give cause for alarm, but then this.

Maybe Kat could also post a link with regards to her request for ethics approval, too.
 
#13
Shouldn't be a problem to link to the uni - open uni actually encourages it and with many aquintances at Southampton verifying this could be good for you!!
 
#14
amazing__lobster said:
As far as I am aware, it would have been against most ethics commitee guidlines to lie about her intentions and the aims of this study.

There are a number of questions on here that give cause for alarm, but then this.

Maybe Kat could also post a link with regards to her request for ethics approval, too.
Worryingly, it's not standard practice to get ethics committee approval for u/g dissertations like this. This is either something a little sinister or has been incredibly poorly thought out as a piece of research.
 
#15
#16
_Artemis_ said:
amazing__lobster said:
As far as I am aware, it would have been against most ethics commitee guidlines to lie about her intentions and the aims of this study.

There are a number of questions on here that give cause for alarm, but then this.

Maybe Kat could also post a link with regards to her request for ethics approval, too.
Worryingly, it's not standard practice to get ethics committee approval for u/g dissertations like this. This is either something a little sinister or has been incredibly poorly thought out as a piece of research.
Are you sure? I had to get ethics approval even during my first year for a study I did on anxiety.
 
#17
amazing__lobster said:
_Artemis_ said:
amazing__lobster said:
As far as I am aware, it would have been against most ethics commitee guidlines to lie about her intentions and the aims of this study.

There are a number of questions on here that give cause for alarm, but then this.

Maybe Kat could also post a link with regards to her request for ethics approval, too.
Worryingly, it's not standard practice to get ethics committee approval for u/g dissertations like this. This is either something a little sinister or has been incredibly poorly thought out as a piece of research.
Are you sure? I had to get ethics approval even during my first year for a study I did on anxiety.
Very sure :) Guess it varies from uni to uni - fully agree that it should be SOP. Edited to add: I imagine it depends to an extent on whether you're doing projects that involve expts. on live subjects or not. So humanities can probably get away without it.
 
#18
_Artemis_ said:
amazing__lobster said:
_Artemis_ said:
amazing__lobster said:
As far as I am aware, it would have been against most ethics commitee guidlines to lie about her intentions and the aims of this study.

There are a number of questions on here that give cause for alarm, but then this.

Maybe Kat could also post a link with regards to her request for ethics approval, too.
Worryingly, it's not standard practice to get ethics committee approval for u/g dissertations like this. This is either something a little sinister or has been incredibly poorly thought out as a piece of research.
Are you sure? I had to get ethics approval even during my first year for a study I did on anxiety.
Very sure :) Guess it varies from uni to uni - fully agree that it should be SOP. Edited to add: I imagine it depends to an extent on whether you're doing projects that involve expts. on live subjects or not. So humanities can probably get away without it.
*tut-tut* :biggrin:


*not sure how long ago you did your undergrad, but it's participants now :biggrin:
 
#19
amazing__lobster said:
_Artemis_ said:
amazing__lobster said:
_Artemis_ said:
amazing__lobster said:
As far as I am aware, it would have been against most ethics commitee guidlines to lie about her intentions and the aims of this study.

There are a number of questions on here that give cause for alarm, but then this.

Maybe Kat could also post a link with regards to her request for ethics approval, too.
Worryingly, it's not standard practice to get ethics committee approval for u/g dissertations like this. This is either something a little sinister or has been incredibly poorly thought out as a piece of research.
Are you sure? I had to get ethics approval even during my first year for a study I did on anxiety.
Very sure :) Guess it varies from uni to uni - fully agree that it should be SOP. Edited to add: I imagine it depends to an extent on whether you're doing projects that involve expts. on live subjects or not. So humanities can probably get away without it.
*tut-tut* :biggrin:


*not sure how long ago you did your undergrad, but it's participants now :biggrin:
Well, I am 87 :) Used "subjects" so as to cover animals and humans. And surely it should be "co-workers towards enlightenment"? :D
 
#20
sotonstudent said:
Yes, I agree the questions are limited BUT i felt to start talking about various theories might get too indepth- by all means if someone wants to discuss the cultural pathology or strategic theories or the biosocial theory, then by all means, PM me.
how very patronising.

i amongst many on this site have a university education plus a hell of a lot of life experience including military and civilian. how much have you? you know the texts but what about real life?


apologies feeling a little tetchy today :pissedoff:
 

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