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
This makes me laugh every time I see it.
Although I wouldn’t consider myself a fan of hers, nor the way she acts online, there is still a big message that needs to be talked about in the cosplay community and western culture in general. So please consider the following:
- Getting a boob job is not synonymous to ‘I want to be looked at’ (and even if it was? There is nothing wrong with that.)
- Wearing an attire that accents skin/breasts does not mean your intention is for someone to stare at you/hit on you
- Feeling comfortable enough in your body to wear something like this does not mean you have to put up with sexist commentary
- No matter what you are wearing, you are allowed to feel uncomfortable with the attention others give you offline/online
- And you have every right to tell people who treat you like a piece of meat that they do so and it makes you uncomfortable
- If you tell anyone that if someone wears a certain outfit/costume that they should expect that sort of commentary, instead of defending their right to wear whatever the fuck they want without harassment then you are submitting further to rape culture by blaming her for others bad behavior so please unlike the page and go jerk off in a corner to something else.
there are so many major creeps in the cosplay community. skimpy cosplay is not an invitation for harassment.
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