Gender and War: Australians at War in the Twentieth Century

TitleGender and War: Australians at War in the Twentieth Century
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsDamousi, Joy, and Marilyn Lake
Number of Pages351
PublisherCambridge University Press

This collection of essays explores for the first time the interrelationship of gender and war in Australia. The book shows, war offers opportunities that erode gender boundaries. Women can be empowered economically, politically and sexually while the trauma of war can leave men emasculated. Gender and War focuses on women's and men's experiences in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. A team of leading writers addresses a range of subjects, including: female desire and sexuality in both world wars; women and the anti-conscription campaigns in World War I; gay men and lesbians in the military services; the crisis of masculinity during and after World War I and World War II and race and gender in World War I and Vietnam.

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