By J. Crouthamel
This eye-opening learn offers a nuanced, provocative account of the way German squaddies within the nice battle skilled and enacted masculinity. Drawing on an array of correct narratives and media, it explores the ways in which either heterosexual and gay infantrymen expressed emotion, understood romantic beliefs, and approached intimacy and sexuality.
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In 1915, the Deutsche Gesellschaft zur Bekaempfung der Geschlechtskrankheiten (German Society for the Fight against Venereal Diseases) sent a leaflet, approved by the Bavarian War Ministry, to distribute to regiments at the front. The leaflet called on soldiers to think of the nation and their wives when tempted by “weak-minded” girls: Each soldier has the sacred duty to remain healthy for his fatherland, doubly-so in time of war, when the greatest demands are placed on one’s abilities. There is nothing that causes more damage to one’s health and performance abilities than syphilis and gonorrhea.
Fischer admitted that some men would continue to have sex with prostitutes anyway, and he provided advice on prophylaxis. Condoms, including brands by Viro and Samariter, could be purchased at The Ideal Man Goes to War O 31 pharmacies, or as a last resort, men could wash their genitals after having sex with prostitutes. “However, all of these protective measures are not certain,” Dr. Fischer reiterated. “The only sure-fire method is abstinence. Each soldier must realize that venereal disease is like a self-inflicted wound.
His letters promising imminent victory gave her psychological strength as she convinced herself that her individual needs were less important than the national cause. 49 Women were depicted as if they were in a parallel universe with men, sacrificing themselves for the nation. Like their husbands, they were expected to “hold through” (durchhalten) without complaining and show the courage and hardness of will needed to achieve victory. Similar to men, women’s bravery was defined as the ability to display selfcontrol and self-sacrifice.
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