Before the civil war it was mostly men who were nurses, but since a lot of them went to war, the ladies took on the job. Some women wanted to help in any way they could. Some enlisted, but were declined because they were ladies. Though there some special cases, some actually got appointed positions in the war. “The rebel cavalry leader, Stuart has appointed to a position on his staff, with the rank of Major, a young lady residing at Fairfax Court House” (General Stuart’s New Aid, 1863).
This was the first time in many years that the women played a significant role in war. Even though women were now the highest in the household, all attention was turned to outside of their home. Civil War nurses cleaned and bandaged wounds, fed soldiers, gave out medication and assisted surgeons during operations and medical procedures like amputations. Nurses were considered “The Angels of the Battlefield”. The Civil War started in 1861 and ended in 1865.
Women played many roles in the civil war. They did not wait for the men in their lives to come home from the battlefield. Many women supported the war effort as nurses and aides, while others took a more upfront approach and secretly enlisted in the army or served as spies and smugglers. These new jobs delimitate their traditional roles as housewives and mothers and made them an important part of the war effort. Two of the important women in the civil war were, Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman.
They began to take up jobs that would be considered unsuitable for women before 1914, such as working in munitions factories and other war industries. Many women volunteered to work overseas as nurses or ambulance drivers. They also drove buses, streetcars, and worked on police forces and civil service jobs. They were also needed for agriculture. Almost all jobs men did before they left to fight in the war were now a women’s job.
An exception to this would be in times during war. Both men and women would participate in acts of homosexual intercourse to presumably satisfy their sexual needs while away from their spouses (Pomeroy, 2004). Homosexuality was also considered acceptable when used in education and in no way due to a sexual attraction. Sappho has proved otherwise in her poetry. With her erotic and provocative descriptions of women, she shows a desire to be with a woman in more ways than the ones deemed as socially acceptable.
Cassandra Wigfall Hoochie-mom As today many women are call ‘hoochie-mom’ because of the way they dress. There are many women in the United State who dress “easy” or wear sexy clothes. Many female are called a ‘hoochie-mom” because of their high heel, short skirts, low cut tops, and even the color they wear in their hair. We also called women ‘hoochie-mom’ who is gold digger and the way she look. Most men like the way a ‘hoochie-mom’ look and will go out on a date with her, but he would not let his mother meet her in many cases.
Likewise, teen girls often use exaggerated sexuality to resist outside control of their lives. Young women are being taught to flaunt their sexuality even if they don’t understand it, and they are told their body is their best asset. The girls take the fantasized models that they have seen in ads and overstate what they see because the models make their self esteem go down and teen girls want to be like those powerful models. The constant ads containing the sexualized female depictions perpetuate the
Trivers Theory of Parental Investment argues that females are cautious when selecting their sexual partners, this is because they have to go through the process of giving birth, which can only occur once at a time. This enables females to choose the best possible genes for their child/ren. When selecting their sexual partners they look for someone who is competent, caring, reliable and loyal. Men who are a bit older and less fertile than the women are also desirable, as long as they are wealthy and a high status, they can be seen as desirable by some females since the male can guarantee protection and stable financial provision for the children. When studying Trivers theory of parental investment we learn that when women select their sexual partners they usually consider their future.
Everyone has their own definition. Intimacy is a major requirement in a relationship and the male’s sex drive is higher than a female’s most of the time. If the woman does not ‘put out’ as much as the man might want, he will find some other female to give him what he wants. On the other side, females want to feel loved and hear that they are beautiful and get gifts and little surprises that keep them on their feet. Most guys feel that is not the ‘macho’ thing to do, so the girl is going to stray and find someone who can fulfill their fantasies.
Women in the Military Women have served in the military since the Revolutionary War. Women were usually serving as nurses, performing tasks such as cooking, taking care of the wounded, or just simply mending their uniforms. There were some women though who snuck into the combative lines dressed as men. Even still, women were intent on being involved in the fight and felt a need to serve even though they didn’t have a lot of options open to them (Sheppard 1). But that was soon changed when the establishment of the Army and Navy Nurse Corps in the early 1900s opened doors for women to officially serve in the military, though they were only aloud the job as a nurse, nothing more (ibid).