"Kissing is a symbol of democracy!": Dating, Democracy, and Romance in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

  title={"Kissing is a symbol of democracy!": Dating, Democracy, and Romance in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952},
  author={Mark McLelland},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  pages={508 - 535}
  • Mark McLelland
  • Published 28 August 2010
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
In 1943 American anthropologist Margaret Mead was in Britain on an important wartime mission: her task was to study the interactions between American servicemen and local residents. In the monograph she published describing the experience Mead uncovered an important cultural difference between the two societies, a source of continual misunderstanding and conflict: English girls didn't know how to date! When it came to dating, a practice that Mead argued American boys and girls began "in the… 

"Women Always Drew the Short Straw": Military Power and Sexual Exploitation in the American Occupation of Koblenz, 1918–1923

  • T. Kehoe
  • History
    Journal of the History of Sexuality
  • 2019
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