Sexy mamas? The public and private sexualities of Australian women in the 1940s

Featherstone, Lisa (2005) Sexy mamas? The public and private sexualities of Australian women in the 1940s. Australian Historical Studies, 36 126: 234-252. doi:10.1080/10314610508682922


Author Featherstone, Lisa
Title Sexy mamas? The public and private sexualities of Australian women in the 1940s
Journal name Australian Historical Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Publication date 2005-06-01
Year available 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10314610508682922
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 36
Issue 126
Start page 234
End page 252
Total pages 19
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract World War II is frequently read as a turning point in the construction of femininity. According to Marilyn Lake and others, during this period women were increasingly defined in terms of glamour and allure, and there was a new emphasis on youth, beauty and heterosexual attractiveness. The present article will complicate this view with an examination of sexuality after marriage. Through a reading of letters written by women themselves, it will suggest that for many white women in this period, heterosexuality remained tied to reproduction, rather than to sexual freedom or even sexual pleasure.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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