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The Women of Full Metal Jacket In Stanley Kubricks Full Metal Jacket it is difficult to determine the role that women play simply because of the glaring lack of female characters In total only three women actually appear in the movie and two of those are prostitutes the third isnt revealed as a woman until the final 10 minutes of the film and none of them are given names In fact until the snipers gender is revealed women only play a role as objects for the soldiers amusement In all interactions between the genders it is obvious that the male soldiers always hold complete power over the women able to bargain their services down to a paltry five dollars per soldier For one of the prostitutes a soldier even effectively acts as her pimp determining whom she services and for how much In contrast the role of the female sniper completely flips this gendered scheme of power-relations by using an intermediary her rifle to gain power over the male soldiers For these GIs the idea that women dont exist on the battlefield is hammered into them from boot camp This process starts when the drill instructor marches into the barracks and instructs his soldiers that they should give their gun a female name and sleep with it at night because it will be the only female company they will receive during their tour of duty In this manner the soldiers are directed to receive the same sort of pleasure from killing and battle that they would normally expect from a full relationship with a woman On a more abstract level giving the gun a female name also establishes a mindset that women are tools another name the drill instructor frequently uses to describe the rifle in order to achieve pleasure for the soldier In the battlefield the soldiers subscribe to this philosophy wholeheartedly taking their gun with them everywhere while leaving their transitory relationships with
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