Article Review:Gender and War: Australians at war in the twentieth century
1. Damousi, J. and Lake, M. eds., 1995. Gender and War: Australians at war in the twentieth century (No. 16). CUP Archive.
Damousi and Lake, 1995 insist that war has remained a major part of the experience in Australia and also vital to various national mythologies. Regardless of this, most activities that involve war result into the polarization of femininity and masculinity. In this collection, it gives an exploration of the interrelationship of war and gender in Australia in its very first periods. Aspects of traditional Australian images in the times of war depicts of the digger leaving a history during battle times while women, on the other hand, offer support as nurses, housewives or mothers at their homes. Yes as presented in this book, war provides an opportunity that leads to the erosion of boundaries. Women, for example, may end up getting empowered economic wise, political wise or even sexual wise but the trauma it causes to men is indeed emasculated.