'Patriotic Femininity': Women's Morals and Men's Morale During the Second World War

Title'Patriotic Femininity': Women's Morals and Men's Morale During the Second World War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsGoodman, Phil
JournalGender & History
Volume10
Issue2
Pagination278-293
Date Published07/1998
Abstract

The Second World War was a period which witnessed struggles for the definitions of appropriate 'patriotic' feminine identities and behaviours as much as it placed demands on men and their masculinities. The disruption to normality led to a heightened sense of heterosexuality. There were contests for the definition of femininity, contests which contradicted the centrality of discourses constructing domesticity and passivity. The way history has been constructed the heroic myths of the Second World War are male, thus there is a need for other kinds of critical knowledge to provide an understanding of women's lives and another, feminine, kind of heroism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

URLhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1468-0424.00100
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