Gee! I Wish I Were a Man: Gender and the Great War

TitleGee! I Wish I Were a Man: Gender and the Great War
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsHuebner, Andrew J., and Kara Dixon Vuic
Book TitleRoutledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military
Pagination68 - 86

The Americanist scholarship on gender and the Great War remains relatively underdeveloped, especially compared to Europeanist analogues. Anyone who believed the war might bring stability to families, however, faced a profound irony—the conflict itself disrupted everyday rhythms and gender roles. The journal's editorial drawing, "Conscription", which pictured women and children as the victims rather than beneficiaries of war, ran into the teeth of a powerful information management campaign that thoroughly conflated gender propriety and patriotic verve. Further work on the gendered elements of wartime civil liberties abuses would be equally useful. It would be illuminating as well to learn more about whether or how the war affected ideas about gender roles among ordinary people from different classes, regions, races, and ethnicities, to augment some of the excellent work already done on that subject. Past wars had separated men from wives, mothers, and the home, thought by many middle-class arbiters of respectability to be the guarantors of masculine virtue. (from eBook on

Reprint Editionebook published August 2017
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