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Good girls, good food, good fun : the story of USO hostesses during World War II

Autor: Meghan K Winchell
Editora: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2008.
Séries: Gender & American culture.
Edição/Formato   Livro : Publicação de governo estadual ou província : InglêsVer todas as edições e formatos
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Throughout World War II, when Saturday nights came around, servicemen and hostesses happily forgot the war for a little while as they danced together in USO clubs, which served as havens of stability in a time of social, moral, and geographic upheaval. Meghan Winchell demonstrates that in addition to boosting soldier morale, the USO acted as an architect of the gender roles and sexual codes that shaped the "greatest  Ler mais...
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Gênero/Forma: History
Formato Físico Adicional: Online version:
Winchell, Meghan K.
Good girls, good food, good fun.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2008
(OCoLC)647430587
Tipo de Material: Publicação do governo, Publicação de governo estadual ou província, Recurso Internet
Tipo de Documento: Livro, Recurso Internet
Todos os Autores / Contribuintes: Meghan K Winchell
ISBN: 9780807832370 0807832375
Número OCLC: 221141630
Notas: "A Caravan book"--T.p. verso.
Descrição: 255 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Conteúdos: To make the boys feel at home : senior hostesses and gendered citizenship --
The loveliest girls in the nation --
Wartime socializing --
Nice girls didn't, period : junior hostesses and sexual service --
Courtship and competition in the USO dance hall --
Conclusion --
Appendix : Interview/questionnaire template.
Título da Série: Gender & American culture.
Responsabilidade: Meghan K. Winchell.
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Throughout World War II, when Saturday nights came around, servicemen and hostesses happily forgot the war for a little while as they danced together in USO clubs, which served as havens of stability in a time of social, moral, and geographic upheaval. Meghan Winchell demonstrates that in addition to boosting soldier morale, the USO acted as an architect of the gender roles and sexual codes that shaped the "greatest generation." Combining archival research with extensive firsthand accounts from among the hundreds of thousands of female USO volunteers, Winchell shows how the organization both reflected and shaped 1940s American society at large. The USO had hoped that respectable feminine companionship would limit venereal disease rates in the military. To that end, Winchell explains, USO recruitment practices characterized white middle-class women as sexually respectable, thus implying that the sexual behavior of working-class women and women of color was suspicious. In response, women of color sought to redefine the USO's definition of beauty and respectability, challenging the USO's vision of a home front that was free of racial, gender, and sexual conflict. Despite clashes over class and racial ideologies of sex and respectability, Winchell finds that most hostesses benefited from the USO's chaste image. In exploring the USO's treatment of female volunteers, Winchell not only brings the hostesses' stories to light but also supplies a crucial missing piece for understanding the complex ways in which the war both destabilized and restored certain versions of social order.--From publisher description.

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