Type of Thesis
Dr. Lee Chambers
Dr. Matthew Gerber
Dr. Robert Buffington
This study examines the link between the venereal disease campaign and the regulation of female sexuality during WWII. The various tactics that the government used in the name of preventing VD in servicemen revealed their fear of female sexuality, and the uneven burden placed on women for the spread of disease. Intentionally vague policies with ill-defined language allowed for a great deal of interpretation so that officials could police women’s behavior at will. Included in this work is a selection of VD propaganda posters used during the war.
Mueller, Adrienne, "Prostitutes, Prophylactics, and Propaganda: The Venereal Disease Campaign and the Fight for Control of Female Sexuality During WWII" (2018). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 1709.