Creating G.I. Jane

Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II

Leisa D. Meyer

Columbia University Press

Creating G.I. Jane

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Pub Date: April 1998

ISBN: 9780231101455

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Pub Date: October 1997

ISBN: 9780231101448

288 Pages

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Creating G.I. Jane

Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II

Leisa D. Meyer

Columbia University Press

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. Choice
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. Bay Area Reporter
Compelling.. Gives us important insights into the complex sexual double standards that control our current debate. Lambda Book Report
A meticulously researched, carefully organized, and intelligently presented study of social issues surrounding the Women's Army Corps in the 1940s. The Lesbian Review of Books
Acknowledgments
Prologue
1. "What Has Become of the Manhood of America?": Creating a Woman's Army
2. "Ain't Misbehavin'"? The Slander Campaign Against the WAC
3. The WAC Strikes Back: Constructing the "Respectable" Female Soldier
4. "Women's Work" and Resistance in the WAC: Kitchen Police, Secretaries, and Sitdown Strikes
5. Protecting Whom? Regulating Sexuality in the Army and the WAC
6. "I Want a Man!": Pleasure and Danger in the Women's Corps
7.The "Lesbian Threat"
Epilogue
Appendix 1. Meyer Oral History Questionnaire
Appendix 2. Discussion of Sources
Notes
Index

About the Author

Leisa D. Meyer is assistant professor of history at the College of William and Mary.