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9:41pm July 29, 2014

“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.’””

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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

(via theodoradove)

This makes me laugh every time I see it.

(via thegreatgodum)

(I wonder how many of those women were, ya know, Bisexual and Pansexual. We’re often erased. BUT, this is a fantastic story all the same.)

9:36pm July 29, 2014

asylum-art:

Human Error Series by Victoria Siemer

“Human Error” series has been thought by graphic designer Victoria Siemer (alias Witchoria). She creates polaroids from pictures she takes and adds on them alert, bug or updating messages’ windows that appear on Mac. A smart encounter between photography and the digital era.,  

8:27pm July 28, 2014
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thesorrovv:

ma’am im sorry but that baby was due today, i don’t care if its not done just turn in what you have

6:48pm July 28, 2014
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5:29pm July 28, 2014
illness-to-wellness:

"Little by little, one travels far." - J. R. R. Tolkien

illness-to-wellness:

"Little by little, one travels far." - J. R. R. Tolkien

5:08pm July 28, 2014
elfauno:

Finally, some good advice from Cosmo

elfauno:

Finally, some good advice from Cosmo

10:58am July 26, 2014