Vixen or Virtuous: Depicting Women in WW2 Public Health Campaigns

Due to a lack of awareness and modern medicine, venereal diseases broke out amongst servicemen during WW2. This brought about significant problems for both physical manpower and wartime morale. It prompted public health campaigns that sought to educate men on the risks of unprotected, anonymous sex. However, they targeted women in WW2 with propagandist messaging that positioned them in highly polarized ‘vixen’ or ‘virtuous’ roles. Here is an overview of the depiction of women in WW2 public...

Vixen or Virtuous: Depicting Women in WW2 Public Health Campaigns

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