When one of my family members asks why I don’t have a boyfriend
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
GUEST: What’s 5 things to do in Central Park?
CONCIERGE: There’s Strawberry Fields, Belvedere Castle, the Met, the Natural History Museum, and you can rent rowboats,
GUEST: No no no. Something hip.
CONCIERGE: Oh. Um. Well, there’s a concert series-
GUEST: No. Like, you’re a real New Yorker,…
Evening Post: August 12, 1899.
"She immediately alighted, caught hold of the astonished youth, and gave him a sound thrashing, using her fists in a scientific fashion…”
I would love to know what this means.
I think that might be code for “punched him in the balls with devastating accuracy”.
They call boxing the “sweet science”…. So maybe she punched him in the face a bunch.
Or hit him in his stupid dick.
Violet Rose (via c-icatrix)
This is one of my favorite quotes about sexualization/objectification vs autonomy of female bodies bc it’s so succinct
That reminded us of this:
Literally, ignore them.
Don’t invite any parts of them into your space.
I’m performing in a show tonight even though my heart’s not in it, hoping it’ll get my mind off my brother’s death. I really don’t know if it’s the right thing to do or a stupid thing to do.
my father once called me stupid, or rather tried to call me stupid, when I was in - my late teens? early 20s? He’d already made me so secure in my intelligence by then (as had my mother, my siblings, my schools) that there was no way in hell those words could effect me and I told him that in no uncertain terms. He was a dear man in many ways but he could also be mean. Or try to be.
I’m not the smartest person around, but stupid? nah. Good try daddio
ok my FB friends are probably tired of me freaking out when a celebrity follows me on twitter, but I have to tell someone, I just noticed Richard Lewis is following me! I didn’t catch it in real time. I love him! It’s silly I know, to get starstruck. But there you have it.
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