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

Marilyn Hegarty. Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes: The Regulation of Female Sexuality during World War II Authors:Marilyn Hegarty.
Publisher:NYU Press
Year:2007
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Pages:264
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Price:7451 rub.
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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...

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