By J. Crouthamel
This eye-opening learn supplies a nuanced, provocative account of ways German squaddies within the nice struggle skilled and enacted masculinity. Drawing on an array of appropriate 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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14 Without proper discipline, “antisocial” behavior could spiral out of control. Men who delayed marriage were more susceptible to developing “sexual abnormalities,” including homosexual tendencies. 15 Sexual restraint was a cornerstone of bourgeois masculinity. In 1908, F. W. 18 Germany’s doctors, religious elite, and conservative critics eagerly sought a transformative event that could regenerate decaying masculinity and resuscitate traditional values threatened by rapid social, political, and economic change.
Fischer alleged, and they rationalized that sexual abstinence was going against nature. The doctor then tried to scare his readers with detailed, graphic descriptions of different kinds of VD and their symptoms, including oozing chancre sores, paralysis, heart attacks, and other health disasters. After a thorough review of the consequences of sexual promiscuity, Dr. 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.
Aware that soldiers saw abstinence education as futile, and that even many civilians were fatalistic about whether soldiers would abstain, Dr. ” That is nonsense. One can go for a very long time without it and not experience any damage to one’s health. It’s certainly all right to have to exert will-power and be abstinent, but it’s also damn difficult! It is rather easier to ask a mature man to do this. 71 Many men simply refused to exert their willpower, Dr. Fischer alleged, and they rationalized that sexual abstinence was going against nature.
An Intimate History of the Front: Masculinity, Sexuality, and German Soldiers in the First World War by J. Crouthamel