Witch Way is Left
Johnnie Phelps, a woman sergeant in the army, thought, “There was a tolerance for lesbianism if they needed you. The battalion I was in was probably about ninety-seven percent lesbian.”
Sergeant Phelps worked for General Eisenhower. Four decades after Eisenhower had defeated the Axis powers, Phelps recalled an extraordinary event. One day, the general told her, “I’m giving you an order to ferret those lesbians out. We’re going to get rid of them.”
“I looked at him and then I looked at his secretary who was standing next to me, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if the general pleases, sir, I’ll be happy to do this investigation for you. But you have to know that the first name on the list will be mine.’ “
“And he was kind of taken aback a bit. And then this women standing next to me said, ‘Sir, if the General pleases, you must be aware that Sergeant Phelp’s name may be second, but mine will be first.”
“Then I looked at him, and said, ‘Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.”
“And he said, ‘Forget the order.’”

The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)

Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX7AxQd82H8

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This makes me laugh every time I see it.

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"There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. "

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heathyr:

THERE’S BEEN AN INCIDENT AND THE PRESIDENT’S SON (WHO IS SO VERY LOVED BY THE PUBLIC) NEEDS TO BE MOVED NOW

[movie narrator voice] IN A WORLD WHERE THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD’S ONLY WEAKNESS ISHIS QUICK-TO-DODGE-SECURITY- ENTHUSIASTIC-FRESHLY-GRADUATED-FROM-COLLEGE SON, THE COUNTRY IS ON EDGE WHEN THE FIRST SON DISAPPEARS. THE RANSOM DEMAND IS HIGH BUT THE STAKES ARE CLEAR THE KIDNAPPERS MEAN TO SEND A MESSAGE AND DON’T PLAN ON RETURNING HIM ALIVE. THE ONE FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT WHO QUIT HIS JOB MONTHS AGO BECAUSE HE WAS AFRAID OF GETTING TOO CLOSE TO HIS CHARGE NOW IS DETERMINED TO BRING HIM BACK 

[dramatic fade to black, the music swells and then fades, and then the only sound is the slick slide of leather over skin]

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recycledmoviecostumes:

With the advent of moving pictures came the need for an entire industry of people to help fulfill the demand for new films – lighting, set design, and of course, costumers.  The book Hollywood and History: Costume Design and Film by Edward Maeder has some interesting information about the first ever costume dramas, where some costumes for films originated, and how the first costume houses for film came into existence. He writes:

The Birth of a Nation (1915) and Intolerance (1916), both directed by D.W. Giffith are among the first films that specifically used costumes to create the illusion of an earlier time. Prior to these films, suggesting period dress was not considered. Actors frequently wore clothing from their personal wardrobes regardless of its accuracy for the period or their characters…Costumes played an important part in these pictures, but they were still primarily the responsibility of the director and actors. It was not until the 1920s, with the formation of large studios in Hollywood, that costume design became a specialized task. Studios began to maintain large costume departments with skilled staff that worked exclusively on costume pictures.

This dress is not only one of the earliest documented reuses of film costumes, but it also originated in the silent era.  It was worn both times on the actress Madge Shelton, first in the 1922 silent production of Lorna Doone, where she played the title character.  Ten years later in 1932 she wore it in the film White Zombie (considered the first full length Zombie film) as the character Madeline Short Parker.

Costume Credit:  The Dreamstress , Shrewsbury Lasses

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THEY’RE HERE!

THEY’RE NOT QUEER!

IN FACT THEY ARE VERY GOOD CATHOLICS!

LOGICALLY WE SHOULD KEEP THEM!

If it makes anyone feel better, the Catholics (at least in MY city) are rallying the troupes and calling for volunteers to help the kidos in my state.  Unfortunately, I can’t volunteer, I’m not a lawyer. 
AND the Southern Baptists — yes, you heard me right — of Texas are treating this like a disaster relief effort.
There’s a list here:
http://www.vox.com/2014/7/14/5895277/children-border-how-help-donate-volunteer-foster-immigrants-refugees

If it makes anyone feel better, the Catholics (at least in MY city) are rallying the troupes and calling for volunteers to help the kidos in my state.  Unfortunately, I can’t volunteer, I’m not a lawyer. 

AND the Southern Baptists — yes, you heard me right — of Texas are treating this like a disaster relief effort.

There’s a list here:

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/14/5895277/children-border-how-help-donate-volunteer-foster-immigrants-refugees

It hurts me, in ways I can’t even express, that these children are living an hour and a half from here, and there is nothing I can do to help them.

 

So, of course, I went to Amazon.uk and voted a bit.  Altogether this entire experience can be summed up in this one review:

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 July 2014

Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I thought the author was overstating her case until I read all the frantic abuse on amazon.
Office adventures in leonine millinery

thedissolve:

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For some time now, Dissolve News Editor Matt Singer has been quite taken with The Rock’s lion hat in the new Hercules movie. While planning this week’s “The Dissolve On…” list via email, he made a passing reference to his favorite onscreen headwear of 2014. So we ran with it.

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Never put a storyteller and a scientist in the same room.  They don’t play by the same rules. 

And can we talk about a God who would damn the universe due to the actions of one man, but only offer salvation to men?