Unisex dorms in the Norwegian military
March 25, 2014 6:19 AM Subscribe
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In a study and trial somewhat breathlessly reported as Norwegian troops get unisex dorms
, the Norwegian Armed Forces has tried out unisex dorm rooms with two women and four men to a room, and consider the experiment a success, with better unit cohesion and lower rate of sexual harassment as results.
The trial is part of a bigger study commissioned by the Norwegian Department of Defence titled Cultures of Masculinity in the Armed Forces
by Oxford Studies in collaboration with gender studies professors Ulla-Britt Lilleaas
of Norway and Michael Kimmel
of the United States. The whole report from the study can be downloaded here
, and has an English language abstract of the state of the field that starts on page 95.
Norway has conscription for men, while service for women is voluntary. In practice service for men as well is near voluntary with the size of today's military compared to during the cold war. 63841 men and women were called in for the examination of persons liable for military service (sesjon
) in 2012, while just 9265 served.