Two films show identical footage of these female lifeguards but have different voice-overs and intended audiences. While one version is intended for an Australian audience, the other is meant for a British one. The Australian version emphasizes the female lifeguards’ femininity and sex appeal, both mocking and objectifying them. In contrast, the British version compares the female lifeguards favorably to the male ones they had replaced and praises them for their stereotypically masculine traits.
What do these vastly different depictions of female lifeguards suggest about societal attitudes toward women workers in wartime Britain and Australia?