WWII

Propaganda All Over My Syphilis

September 4th, 2018

The title is a reference to the "Channing all over my Tatum" craze that happened about 2 years ago. If you remember it- cool, if not, don't even look it up, it's not that funny. 

Anyway, many people do not realize how much propaganda they see on a daily basis. It's ridiculous. Just think of the last designer shirt you saw, the last textbook you read, the last pharmaceutical commercial you saw.

Some might call it advertising, some might call it brainwashing... but I think a lot of things are straight-up dry propaganda. 

I don't want to talk about the implications of propaganda on today society in this post. This post is going to be dedicated to WWII misogyny exclusively. Why? Just because I am bewildered by the fact that even though women were the ones holding everything down back home and trying to support families in the time of immense struggle, they were still diminished to some disgusting gender norms.

It is important to add here, that I do not hate gender norms. I just think that there is a time and place for them, and the United States during WWII for me is neither the time, nor the place.

The following posters, to me, have an underlying bias against the female population. Depending on how you were raised and socialized, you might not see it in all of these posters, but I urge you to do some research and make your own opinions. A fun place to start, could be Mussolini's efforts to change Italy's image of the perfect woman. Since they wanted to boost the population size, bigger and wider-hipped women grew to be more popular than before. Anyway, if you feel like it, look it up. 



Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Women at work World War II posters (Accession 1994.263.1), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

Hagley ID, Box/folder number, Women at work World War II posters (Accession 1994.263.1), Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807


The United States Military Propaganda Poster Collection

The United States Military Propaganda Poster Collection


The United States Propaganda Poster Collection.  (This is from the 1920's, but I wanted to include it for reference).

The United States Propaganda Poster Collection. (This is from the 1920's, but I wanted to include it for reference).


The United States Propaganda Posters Collection.

The United States Propaganda Posters Collection.