“Maybe I won’t mention the times they hit on me either. So these men return home, shoot holes in my credibility, spread lies about me, and maybe a few truths, but either way, most wives dislike me before we ever meet, and it’s all by design.”
Joy Craig, a 23-year Marine veteran, and Liesel Kershul, a Marine pilot's spouse, challenge the typical servicewomen-female military spouses relationship: Joy thought she could never be friends with a spouse. Liesel didn’t know the impact cliques of spouses has on servicewomen. Their friendship blossomed as the #MeToo movement kicked off in 2017. Through letters to each other, they’ve explored how women can change the military community to support each other and to promote unit cohesion, an ideal used as an argument against allowing women to serve.
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