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Document Type

Open Access

Degree Program

English

Degree Type

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

January 2008

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

rhetoric, identity, Air Force Academy, Bring Me Men

Abstract

This project looks at the textual and intertextual subject position constructed at the Air Force Academy focusing on the "Bring Me Men..." sign formerly on the entry ramp. In thinking about identity and subject position, I use identity for each cadet and graduate’s individual experience (particularly my own) within the textually constituted subject positions. I present a brief history of the “Bring Me Men…” ramp (BMMR) and the sexual assault scandal that was the key exigence that brought those words down. My focus is on the period immediately surrounding the scandal, discussing the ideology and identity that “Bring Me Men…” privileged, the Cadet Wing’s resistance to the removal, and my own experiences with the removed tradition that was still present.

First Advisor

Anne Herrington

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