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the orderlies have a very hard life--and no glory.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 37Saved by highflyingbabe in duty writing gender femininity trauma 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

We are getting quite used to a life shorn of most of its trappings, except for the two hotel meals a day.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 12Saved by highflyingbabe in suffering hospital femininity 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It is a fortnight to-morrow since we mobilised, and we have had no work yet except our own fatigue duty in the Convent; it was our turn this morning, and I scrubbed the lavatories out with creoseol.

Author: Anonymous, Source: Diary of a Nursing Sister on the Western Front, 1914-1915, 10Saved by highflyingbabe in hospital youth femininity 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I am a girl no longer

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 291Saved by highflyingbabe in gender femininity 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Short of actually going to bed with them, there was hardly an intimate service that I did not perform for one or another in the course of four years, and I still have reason to be thankful for the knowledge of masculine functioning which the care of them gave me, and for my early release for the sex-inhibitions

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 165Saved by highflyingbabe in masculinity gender youth femininity sexuality touch 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Throughout my two decades of life, I have never looked upon the nude body of an adult male; I had never even seen a naked boy-child since the nursery days when, at the age of four or five, I used to share my evening baths with Edward.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 165Saved by highflyingbabe in masculinity gender youth femininity sexuality 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

It was, of course, typical of the average well-to-do girl of the period to assume that the desire for power, which is as universal among women as among men, could only be fulfilled by the acquisition of a brilliant husband.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 35Saved by highflyingbabe in masculinity gender femininity 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

almost every girl left school with only two ambitions-to return at the first possible moment to impress her school-fellows with the glory of a grown-up toilette, and to get engaged before everybody else.

Author: Vera Brittain, Source: Testament of Youth, 33Saved by highflyingbabe in body gender youth femininity sexuality touch 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Trying to transmit their mental scars, the First World War nurses obsessively return to the site of the physical wound: touch becomes the ground of both testimony and trauma.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 227Saved by highflyingbabe in femininity trauma touch wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

If pain reduces men-'fathers and husbands and sons and lovers of men'- to pitiable mewing creatures, without individuality or dignity except the 'monster's' absolute reality, it strips the nurse of her own reality and subjectivity as well: she is rendered insignificant, unsubstantial, a 'ghost'. Pain has usurped the place of the woman.

Author: Santanu Das, Source: Touch and Intimacy in First World War Literature, 224Saved by highflyingbabe in masculinity gender femininity horror trauma wound 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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