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Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes: The Regulation of Female Sexuality During World War II

Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes: The Regulation of Female Sexuality During World War II

by Marilyn E. Hegarty
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ISBN-13: 9780814737392
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/05/2010
Pages: 251
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Marilyn (Lyn) E. Hegarty teaches American History, Women’s History, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations List xi

Introduction 1

1 The Long Arm of the State 12

2 Prelude to War 42

3 "Reservoirs of Infection": Science, Medicine, and Contagious Bodies 61

4 "A Buffer of Whores": Military and Social Ambivalence about Sexuality and Gender 85

5 "Spell 'IT' to the Marines": The Contradictory Messages of Popular Culture 110

6 Behind the Lines: The War against Women 128

7 Conclusion 156

Appendix 1 The Eight Point Agreement 165

Appendix 2 The May Act 167

Appendix 3 Federal Agencies: The Social Protection Division 169

Notes 173

Bibliography 227

Index 245

About the Author 251

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“This book is one of a growing number of works to examine the relationship between sexuality and war. . .many historians will agree with Hegarty's conclusion that wartime women were “neither victims nor docile bodies”.”
-American Historical Review


“In this carefully crafted and highly readable history, Hegarty reminds us of the multiple links between sexuality and war. She captures the contradictions and shows us how women’s sexuality was both mobilized and policed.”
-Joanne Meyerowitz,author of How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States

Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes offers a substantive and complex narrative of the sweeping and multiple constraints on female sexuality during World War II. Hegarty’s study is the best since Allan Brandt’s epic work in its nuanced attention to the process by which female sexuality—deemed both necessary and suspect—was harnessed in service to the state, while female sexual desire and women's choices to engage in heterosexual activity remained unspeakable and became critical targets for containment during and after the war. This is a provocative and compelling book.”
-Leisa D. Meyer,author of Creating G. I. Jane: Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II

“The strength of Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes is [Hegarty’s] delving deep into bureaucratic files, piecing together the Federal and state U.S. officials’ steps toward, and thinking behind, mobilizing and controlling American women’s sexuality.”
-Cynthia Enloe,author of The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire

’Offers a fresh perspective on the construction of gender roles during wartime by examining the experience of women who performed moral-maintaining, or as she terms the, ’sexualized services’ during World War II.”
-Military Review

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