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the-seed-of-europe:

US propaganda poster, ca. 1917.
“All wars, in the iron cosmology of Berlin’s leading sexologists, were a function of the male sex impulse and civilization’s attempt to manipulate it. Even the declarations of hostility, victory, conquest, and defeat have been oedipally recast into clear eroticized language and imagery. National opponents were said to be not mere adversaries but rampaging savages and demons, hell-bent on torture, violation of defenseless communities, and mass rape. Armed teenagers fighting in the service of their motherland were praise by writers of epics (or modern propagandists) as de facto protectors of the race, guardians slumped up against the bedroom doors of frightened mothers.
Few national conflicts have been fought without these psych-war stratagems, or, more to the point, erotic inducements and rewards for its soldiers. The elevated levels of testosterone that biologically steel post-pubescent bodies and cloud the instinct for self-preservation also increase sexual desire in young men. So it is little wonder that societies have traditionally accorded their warrior class (and consorts) dispensation from chastity and monogamous regulation.”
- Mel Gordon, Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin.

the-seed-of-europe:

US propaganda poster, ca. 1917.

“All wars, in the iron cosmology of Berlin’s leading sexologists, were a function of the male sex impulse and civilization’s attempt to manipulate it. Even the declarations of hostility, victory, conquest, and defeat have been oedipally recast into clear eroticized language and imagery. National opponents were said to be not mere adversaries but rampaging savages and demons, hell-bent on torture, violation of defenseless communities, and mass rape. Armed teenagers fighting in the service of their motherland were praise by writers of epics (or modern propagandists) as de facto protectors of the race, guardians slumped up against the bedroom doors of frightened mothers.

Few national conflicts have been fought without these psych-war stratagems, or, more to the point, erotic inducements and rewards for its soldiers. The elevated levels of testosterone that biologically steel post-pubescent bodies and cloud the instinct for self-preservation also increase sexual desire in young men. So it is little wonder that societies have traditionally accorded their warrior class (and consorts) dispensation from chastity and monogamous regulation.”

- Mel Gordon, Voluptuous Panic: The Erotic World of Weimar Berlin.

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  6. transliteration reblogged this from welcometothepleasuredome and added:
    …. when someone says “propaganda” this is the first thing I think of.
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    My favourite propaganda poster of all time!
  11. eckleburgs-eyes reblogged this from the-seed-of-europe and added:
    Interesting. And of course, the obligatory comment: “Destroy militarism! Enlist in the U.S. Army!” My god.
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