22 7 / 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.’”"
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.
14 7 / 2014
"Most women in the modern Western world have no space of our own in the home—no den, basement workshop, garage, outside domain, or special chair in the living room. Though the kitchen and bedroom often are thought of as “her” rooms, they are hers only as spaces in which she is expected to provide services to and for her man. Private space—space in which she can just be, space where she does not have to justify her presence by being engaged in work—is nonexistent unless she actively creates and maintains it."
"Loving to Survive" Graham (via kingcobracommander)
and its interesting that when watching tv or reading things the “man cave” always gets brought up as a half joke but really more serious thing that every man “needs” but then when women have craft rooms or other similar things related to their own interest it is always the butt of a joke (haha silly wimminz wanting space of their own)
We’re looking for our next house right now and we are looking for one with enough space that I can have a craft room. That’s non negotiable, I craft a lot and it’s good for my mental health but mostly it’s important to me and therefore it’s important to my boyfriend too.
When I tell people that there is a LOT of pushback. They act like we are being extravagant (I’m aware we are very privileged to be able to afford this but this is fro. People with three cars and five tvs) or say thing like ‘where will [boyfriend] go?!’
Oh I dunno, LITERALLY ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WHOLE HOUSE, which is also his? Where will he watch tv? Probably the lounge room. You know. Where the tv is.
Or they say ‘will he at least get a shed??’ No, since he hates gardening. Probably I will get a shed.
It makes me so mad, but I hadn’t really articulated why until this post.
03 7 / 2014
"This idea — that women can always find another way to get the coverage or care they need — underpins just about every recent restriction on women’s health. What’s another 24-hour mandatory abortion waiting period? To a woman who lives 25 miles from the nearest provider, it’s everything. What’s one more tweak to a law about the width of clinic doors? To a clinic that can’t afford to remodel, it’s everything. What’s a minor policy change that means you have to pay full price for that IUD? To a woman who makes $14 an hour, it’s everything."
01 7 / 2014
"Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night."
28 6 / 2014
Anonymous said: The real reason there aren't playable female Assassin's in ACU is because it's not believe able. The only way it could be believe able is to take away all combat that doesn't involve a weapon. Also, idiots would complain if a male character ever assaulted the female character. As men are generally (Due to high natural testosterone levels) stronger, faster, and have better muscular endurance, men are more believe able.
YOU ARE PLAYING A GAME
IN A SERIES WHERE THE FIRST FIVE GAMES REVOLVED AROUND PLAYING A BARTENDER WHO SAT IN A FANCY CHAISE LOUNGE IN ORDER TO RELIVE HIS ANCESTOR’S MEMORIES AND LEARN THEIR SKILLS THROUGH MUSCLE MEMORY
IN ORDER TO FIND MAGIC ARTIFACTS LEFT BEHIND BY A PRECUROSR RACE WHO CREATED HUMANITY SO THAT YOU CAN STOP THE END OF THE WORLD
ASIDE FROM THE ASTOUNDING MISOGYNY OF A COMMENT THAT I CAN ONLY ASSUMING IS TROLLING, AND THE FACT THAT NOTABLE WOMEN ASSASSINS EXIST WITHIN THE SERIES
"SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF" ONLY GOES SO FAR WHEN THIS IS THE PREMISE YOU’RE WORKING WITHIN AND IF YOU CAN SUSPEND YOUR DISBELIEF AS FAR AS AN ANCIENT, HIGHLY ADVANCE PRECURSOR RACE BUT NOT AS FAR WOMEN DOING THINGS THAT WOMEN HAVE LITERALLY DONE IN THE REAL WORLD THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THAT ACTUALLY YOU’RE JUST A GIANT PIECE OF SHIT