Her essay, “Where the Boys Are: Militarization, Sexuality, and Red Cross Donut Dollies in the Vietnam War,” was published in a collection of essays, Gender and Conflict since 1914, edited by Ana Carden-Coyne.
The essay is a part of Vuic’s current book project, “Look, but Don’t Touch: American Women as Military Entertainment,” and examines the ways the U.S. military and the Red Cross mobilized female recreation workers, called ‘Donut Dollies’ by American GIs, as entertainment for soldiers in the Vietnam War. Women opened canteens and clubs where soldiers could find a friendly face, coffee and donuts and momentary reprieve from the war, but they also discovered that they were valued, as well as marginalized and placed in great danger because of their sexuality.
“As a scholar, it is always rewarding to see my work in print and to engage in conversations with others in the field about the meanings of women’s wartime work,” says Vuic. “I look forward to even tougher criticism when my students in War, Gender, and the Military in U.S. History read the essay as we discuss the evolution of women’s wartime roles during the Vietnam War.”