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The sources I've found to support Peteris' point is Joshua S. Goldstein's War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa. Here's a quote, taken from Google Books: By some reports, "war aphrodisia" — common among soldiers in many wars — extended into many segments of society during "total war." Thus, among not only soldiers ...


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War increases sexual activity. During WW2 the US (and othe countries) had to sponsor huge campaigns to fight venereal disease, particularly gonorrhea, which was a significant cause of casualties. In the US the notion arose that having unmarried sex with soldiers was acceptable. Large numbers of "dance halls" sprang up, where soldiers could purchase a "dance" ...


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On example of this phenomenon, is this song, written in 1941, as America was "approaching" war. It was actually written from the woman's point of view, for her man to give her "something to remember you by, when you are far away from me," and was an "invitation." Prior to that, American women of the so-called World War II (and previous) generations had ...


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The answer is a qualified "Puritans were not prudes." That isn’t to say they had anything resembling a “progressive” approach to sexuality. They encouraged teens to have topless sleepovers, but they considered masturbation a capital crime. Puritans were frank about sexuality to the point that Victorians censored their writings: Sex among the Puritans ...



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