Erotic Fraternization: The Legend of German Women's Quick Surrender

TitleErotic Fraternization: The Legend of German Women's Quick Surrender
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsNieden, Susanne zur
EditorHagemann, Karen, and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum
Book TitleHome/Front: The Military, War, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Germany
Pagination297-310
PublisherBerg
CityOxford and New York
Abstract

In the book chatper "Erotic Fraternization: The Legend of German Women's Quick Surrender," in the edited volume Home/Front: The Military, War, and Gender in Twentieth-Century Germany, the author Susanne zur Nieden examines a myth of female fraternization with the American occupation. Contrasting the supposedly quick surrender of women with the long years that men battled at the front became a coping mechanism that shifted the blame for moral decay away from the soldiers. According to the author, the stab in the back of World War I was now "reformulated as the battle of the sexes" that showed once again that "there had been a heroic battle--lost only because the enemy was stronger." Women on the home front, rather than politicians, now served as scapegoats for male wounded pride.

URLhttps://www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com/encyclopedia?docid=b-9781350048379
Original PublicationHeimat-Front: Militär und Geschlechterverhältnisse im Zeitalter der Weltkriege
Reprint Edition2004
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