Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2018

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Dr. Lee Chambers

Second Advisor

Dr. Matthew Gerber

Third Advisor

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.