"The Women behind the Men behind the Gun": Gendered Identities and Militarization in the Second World War

Title"The Women behind the Men behind the Gun": Gendered Identities and Militarization in the Second World War
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMyers, Sarah Parry
EditorVuic, Kara Dixon
Book TitleThe Routledge History of Gender, War, and the U.S. Military
Pagination87 - 102
PublisherRoutledge
CityNew York
Abstract

Fluctuating gendered identity construction and the militarization of the body politic mark much of the historiography of World War II. Increasing types of work available to women and minorities meant more women entered the workforce than ever before and disrupted conceptions of traditional male work. A more intense disturbance resulted as women officially joined the military for the first time in American history. While women served in the military in previous U.S. wars, most had done so as civilians. Adjusting to this ever-changing climate, the military and government regulated the sexuality of its citizens abroad, and the media flooded the public with propaganda about women’s work being domestic, feminine, and temporary. Known as a war with tremendous public support, American citizens’ involvement in the war effort came at a tremendous social and political cost. [Publisher]

URLhttps://www.routledgehandbooks.com/doi/10.4324/9781315697185.ch6
Entry by GWC Assistants / Work by GWC Assistants : 

Type of Literature:

Time Period:

Countries:

Library Location: 
Call Number: 
1096514685

Library: