A vision that places so much weight on the saving power of a woman's body renders her an objectified commodity in a sexual economy, and most of the women in these writings are sex workers and temporary lovers. This erotic construction of the body inevitably intersected with the political since the erotic body both animates and disrupts the social order, particularly in a time when the state is actively manipulating the individual. Carnality was offered as both critique of and antidote to the ideological system set in place during wartime, even though the system was ostensibly dismantled with Occupation. Such reactions to state projects had been previously repressed, but now, being permitted, pour forth, meaning that many wartime reactions are expressed in a wartime imagery.