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DATE: 1947

LENGTH: 21 min

CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Sound, Black & White

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: U.S. Army Pictorial Service, Signal Corps

Summary

This film’s title refers to venereal disease but could refer equally to women, who in a bleak tale of misogyny are invariably represented as sexually promiscuous and solely to blame for passing along the pox. The title is perhaps also self-referential—its message is “easy to get.” Made shortly after the end of World War II, the movie addresses black soldiers, offering a degrading portrait that depicts them as overgrown, impulsive, hypersexualized children unable to contain their primordial desiresRead The Essay


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Digitized Films on Venereal Disease at the National Library of Medicine

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