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      “Beauty Isn’t Prerequisite for Girl Marines”: Images of Female Marines during World War II

      Marine Corps History
      Marine Corps University Press

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          Quite often, representations of the Marine Corps during World War II included gendered elements that reflected the institution’s beliefs about men and women, their place in society, and acceptable gender roles. The U.S. military has long struggled with negotiating gender, and the hypermasculine nature of the military—and the emphasis the Marine Corps, in particular, placed on maintaining ideal masculinity—influenced the relationship between masculinity and femininity for servicemembers, and the images produced by and about the Marine Corps impacted the appearance of gender norms in the military context. Women Marines’ presence both challenged and reinforced the Corps’ hypermasculine reputation and image as warriors by means of the representation of women’s bodies and labor.

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          Journal
          Marine Corps History
          MCH
          Marine Corps University Press
          2381375X
          23813768
          August 03 2022
          July 01 2022
          August 03 2022
          July 01 2022
          : 8
          : 1
          : 5-20
          Article
          10.35318/mch.2022080101
          21129be6-8adb-41bc-a0a9-4f87d07fa34d
          © 2022

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          Theory of historical sciences,Political science,Modern history,General history,Contemporary history,History

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