This chapter examines conversations about missionaries, gender, and U.S. power in the postwar decades, focusing on the continuous association between masculinity and power, and the historically specific ways that association was manifested. By examining how gender functions in sources ranging from church publications to popular novels, it demonstrates how these conversations reified understandings of gender that underwrote U.S. power abroad. The chapter first considers the ecclesial discussions in the 1950s and shows the results of female missionaries' work. It then focuses on the discussion in popular culture and uses two novels to explore how works that criticized the United States could reify the logic of U.S. power.
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