Accession Number : ADP001416

Title :   The Victorian Legacy: A Social Historical Analysis of Attitudes Toward Women in the Canadian Forces,

Corporate Author : CANADIAN FORCES PERSONNEL APPLIED RESEARCH UNIT TORONTO (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Forestell,Diane G.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : This paper presents a research proposal for social-historical analysis of women's military participation in Canada during WWII. Women serving in the corps of the armed forces during this period were the objects of a 'whispering campaign' which focussed on alleged promiscuity among servicewomen. The research will attempt to examine the 'factual basis' for the widespread perception that women in uniform were 'loose women'. The reasons advanced for the apparent fall of servicewomen into promiscuity will be analyzed in terms of the prevailing cultural ideology which was based on middle-class Victorian definitions of women's proper sphere' and perceptions of 'femininity'. It is suggested that explanation based on these notions does not adequately explain societal opposition to women's military participation. Rather, it is suggested that prevailing middle-class Victorian values and attitudes served to reinforce the status quo of the dominant political ideology. The relevance of such research for our understanding of current attempts to integrate women into non-traditional military roles will be addressed. (Author)

Descriptors :   *WOMEN, *MILITARY PERSONNEL, *ATTITUDES(PSYCHOLOGY), *SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, HISTORY, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS, INTERACTIONS, INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS, BEHAVIOR, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), GROUP DYNAMICS, MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN), CANADA, SYMPOSIA

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE