Does everyone else also fantasize about what music will be played at their funeral? I think I have given more thought to my own funeral than my own wedding. What I’m trying to say is that if you guys don’t play this song at my funeral I’ll kill all the cool people in Heaven so you can’t hang out with them.
"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
Good lord, I bet they had GREAT parties.
with Ryan Williams and Taylor Moore
Episode 84: Jeff Foxworthy’s 115th Dream
This week, New York Comedian James Dwyer plants his flag in the pliant mons pubis of Ten Ideas and makes naked the nascent racism in “Dixie”, plumbs the depths of Jeff Foxworthy’s prophetic under-mind, and buys loosie potato chips for all the tortles in his Fun-Drunk Colony. Sew your lips together and settle in; this is a good one.
Email your ideas and small, but thoughtful, birthday checks to firstname.lastname@example.org
James Dwyer is a shining diamond of a human being and I love him.
The complete Southern Reach trilogy by @jeffvandermeer just arrived at Mission Control.
Everyone go read this.