By M. Wildermuth
As American safeguard grew to become more and more depending on expertise to form the cognizance of its population and to safeguard them, technological know-how fiction indicates just like the Twilight area, megastar Trek, and The X-Files either promoted the regime's gendered good judgment and raised major questions on that common sense and its gendered roles.
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Hollywood was quick to take advantage of the moment with films like The Crying Game or Pulp Fiction that hailed back to the rebellious films of the 1960s and 1970s. The most popular film of 1993, Jurassic Park, dared to look back to the apocalyptic films like Strangelove or the original Planet of the Apes to warn of the dangers of technology. And only a year later, its director, Steven Spielberg, would be given the Academy Award for Schindler’s List, a film about the Holocaust. Whether looking ahead to terrors of the future or considering the horrors of the past, films of the 1990s were ready to look at the traumas invoked by security state cultures, past and present.
But as the tug of war continued on the social, legal, and political fronts, those struggles also had an impact on women’s lives in a new area that had been developing steadily since the late 1970s—women in the military. Women had even seen combat at the end of the decade with the United States’ action in Panama under George Bush, and as the 1980s segued into the 1990s, as Cynthia Enloe reminds us, they would make progress in the military as never before. Hence, although efforts were being made in the administration and on Capitol Hill in 1982 to redefine combat in order to exclude women from combat roles, they were met head on in 1983 by a force that had been developing clout and expertise since the late 1970s.
The Child Support Enforcement Amendments and the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 helped to address the troubles of elderly women (164). In 1986, the Supreme Court ruled sexual harassment to be an illegal form of sex discrimination (167). By the middle of the decade, some 23 states had ruled marital rape to be a criminal offense (169). Meanwhile, labor unions increasingly became allies with feminist causes (168). And yet with the Reagan era budget cuts many women’s aid shelters had to be shut down for lack of funding (170).