After war, many men longed for a return to domesticity, while some found pleasure in killing. Vietnam helped to shake apart traditional American concepts of masculinity, embodied in the ideal of the citizen soldier. War service left deep personal and familial impacts, such as anxiety, alienation, and distant, disturbed and damaged men, which were transmitted across generations. The deeper historians go into the private dimensions of war, the less distinctive the Australian experience seems to be, as post-traumatic stress is not unique to Australia.
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It was the centerpiece event in a span of U.S. history that shook cultural norms to the core, and unleashed the tumult of civil rights, war protest, sexual liberation, and urban unrest.
Vietnam also helped shake apart traditional American concepts of masculinity, embodied until then in the ideal of the citizen soldier.
War and changing concepts of masculinity – Harvard Gazette
There is much talk about violations, cruelty and brutality in the public discussion of war, but very little talk about men. Yet, factually speaking, it is mainly men who are…
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