Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art

TitleBeyond Rosie the Riveter: Women of World War II in American Popular Graphic Art
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKnaff, Donna
Number of Pages214
PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas
CityLawrence
Abstract

This monograph explores images of femininity in the American popular graphic art during World War. It reveals that the visual messages received by women through war posters, magazine cartoons, comic strips, and ads may have acknowledged their importance to the war effort but also cautioned them against taking too many liberties or losing their femininity. The study examines the subtle and not-so subtle cultural battles that played out in these popular images, opening a new window on American women's experience. Some images implicitly argued that women should maintain their femininity despite adopting masculinity for the war effort; others dealt with society's deep-seated fear that masculinized women might feminize men; and many reflected the dilemma that a woman was both encouraged to express and suppress her sexuality so that she might be perceived as neither promiscuous nor lesbian.

URLhttps://kansaspress.ku.edu/978-0-7006-1966-5.html
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