“Soldier’s Number”…is most certainly a product of its time. It stands as something of a symbol that, even amidst the racial tension, misogyny or other general behavioral norms we have since attempted to evolve past, there still existed people of both colors in a, admittedly tense, union. A lot of the comments on the black man in “Soldier’s Number” reads as condescending, like people praising children, but there are signs of open-mindedness here and there. It’s….something.
Compared to “The New Freewoman”, the obvious difference between the two is the contrasting focuses. “Freewoman” focuses on the individual and identity, while “Soldier’s Number” focuses largely on duty. Admittedly, the latter is a magazine for soldiers as opposed to the army-banned sex, the difference stands. “Freewoman” also comes across as less organized, with no real theme between the stories.