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Author Hegarty, Marilyn E.
Title Victory girls, khaki-wackies, and patriotutes : the regulation of female sexuality during World War II / Marilyn E. Hegarty.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, [2008]

Subject Women -- Sexual behavior -- United States -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States.
Soldiers -- Sexual behavior -- United States.
Sexual ethics for women -- United States -- History.
Sexual Behavior -- history.
World War II.
United States.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 251 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-243) and index.
Contents The long arm of the state -- Prelude to war -- "Reservoirs of infection": science, medicine, and contagious bodies -- "A buffer of whores": military and social ambivalence about sexuality and gender -- "Spell 'IT' to the marines": the contradictory messages of popular culture -- Behind the lines: the war against women.
Summary "Victory Girls, Khaki-Wackies, and Patriotutes offers a counter-narrative to the story of Rosie the Riveter, the icon of female patriotism during World War II. With her fist defiantly raised and her shirtsleeves rolled up, Rosie was an asexual warrior on the homefront. But thousands of women supported the war effort not by working in heavy war industries, but by providing morale-boosting services to soldiers, ranging from dances at officers' clubs to more blatant forms of sexual services, such as prostitution."
"While the de-sexualized Rosie was celebrated, women who used their sexuality - either intentionally or inadvertently - to serve their country encountered a contradictory morals campaign launched by government and social agencies, which shunned female sexuality while valorizing masculine sexuality. This double standard was accurately summed up by a government official who dubbed these women "patriotutes": part patriot, part prostitute."
"Marilyn E. Hegarty explores the dual discourse on female sexual mobilization that emerged during the war, in which agencies of the state both required and feared women's support for, and participation in, wartime services. The equation of female desire with deviance simultaneously over-sexualized and desexualized many women, who nonetheless made choices that not only challenged gender ideology but defended their right to remain in public spaces."--Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780814737262 (electronic bk.)
0814737269 (electronic bk.)
9780814737040 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0814737048 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 229444695
Additional Format Print version: Hegarty, Marilyn E. Victory girls, khaki-wackies, and patriotutes. New York : New York University Press, ©2008 9780814737040 0814737048 (DLC) 2007027210 (OCoLC)154677663