Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II
A compelling indictment of the social issues surrounding the Women's Army Corps in the 1940s.
Meyer's study of the creation of the Women's Army Corps provides a backdrop against which to read today's headlines detailing sexual misconduct in the military.... Meyer offers a richly textured, theoretically informed account of that debate, focusing on the complex and often contradictory arguments articulated by both supporters and opponents of the creation of a formal presence for women in the military... Race and racial politics played an equally significant part in the creation of the WASC, and Meyer brings her considerable skills to an analysis of the lengths to which the military went to avoid undermining established racial as well as sexual systems.
A powerful indictment of the sexism that dominates the military. It is also a fascinating look at the ways in which women insisted upon their right to serve their country.
Compelling.. Gives us important insights into the complex sexual double standards that control our current debate.
A meticulously researched, carefully organized, and intelligently presented study of social issues surrounding the Women's Army Corps in the 1940s.
1. "What Has Become of the Manhood of America?"
Creating a Woman's Army 11
2. "Ain't Misbehavin'"?
The Slander Campaign Against the WAC 33
3. The WAC Strikes Back:
Constructing the "Respectable" Female Soldier 51
4. "Women's Work" and Resistance in the WAC:
Kitchen Police, Secretaries, and Sitdown Strikes 71
5. Protecting Whom?
Regulating Sexuality in the Army and the WAC 100
6. "I Want a Man!"
Pleasure and Danger in the Women's Corps 122
7.The "Lesbian Threat" 148
Appendix 1. Meyer Oral History Questionnaire 185
Appendix 2. Discussion of Sources 187