Posters associating women with venereal disease frequently appealed to the viewing soldier by using illustrations of attractive
or available women. In this 1942 poster by Feree, a striking blonde woman lights up a cigarette in front of a bar. Standing
alone, the image does not necessarily communicate a negative message. The headline, however, makes it clear that this is a
warning-this is not just any woman, she is a dangerous threat, indicated by the military-inspired epithet "Juke Joint
Sniper." In this poster and many others, the "pick up girl" is labeled as the source of syphilis and gonorrhea.
Reflecting the persistence of sexual taboos, however, the association is made without being overly explicit.
NOTE: Original is slightly blurry.
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