Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, And Patriotutes

Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, And Patriotutes

by Marilyn E. Hegarty
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814737048

ISBN-13: 9780814737040

Pub. Date: 12/01/2007

Publisher: New York University Press

Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes offers a counter-narrative to the story of Rosie the Riveter, the icon of female patriotism during World War II. With her fist defiantly raised and her shirtsleeves rolled up, Rosie was an asexual warrior on the homefront. But thousands of women supported the war effort not by working in heavy war industries, but

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Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes offers a counter-narrative to the story of Rosie the Riveter, the icon of female patriotism during World War II. With her fist defiantly raised and her shirtsleeves rolled up, Rosie was an asexual warrior on the homefront. But thousands of women supported the war effort not by working in heavy war industries, but by providing morale-boosting services to soldiers, ranging from dances at officers’ clubs to more blatant forms of sexual services, such as prostitution.

While the de-sexualized Rosie was celebrated, women who used their sexuality—either intentionally or inadvertently—to serve their country encountered a contradictory morals campaign launched by government and social agencies, which shunned female sexuality while valorizing masculine sexuality. This double-standard was accurately summed up by a government official who dubbed these women“patriotutes”: part patriot, part prostitute.

Marilyn E. Hegarty explores the dual discourse on female sexual mobilization that emerged during the war, in which agencies of the state both required and feared women’s support for, and participation in, wartime services. The equation of female desire with deviance simultaneously over-sexualized and desexualized many women, who nonetheless made choices that not only challenged gender ideology but defended their right to remain in public spaces.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814737040
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
251
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Abbreviations List
Introduction
1 The Long Arm of the State
2 Prelude to War
3 “Reservoirs of Infection”: Science, Medicine, and Contagious Bodies
4 “A Buffer of Whores”: Military and Social Ambivalence about Sexuality and Gender
5 “Spell ‘IT’ to the Marines”: The Contradictory Messages of Popular Culture
6 Behind the Lines: The War against Women
7 Conclusion
Appendix 1: The Eight Point Agreement
Appendix 2: The May Act
Appendix 3: Federal Agencies: The Social
Protection Division
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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