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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

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I’ve seen a lot of stuff about racially diverse fairy tales lately and it got me thinking. I decided to try and illustrate one idea I got: Japanese Snow White. I chose Japan because the “Hair as black as ebony, skin as white as snow” reminded me a lot of ancient Japanese concepts of beauty. I did change the apple to a peach though, since peaches are more intrinsic in many Japanese stories and culture. I suck at realism but I tried. It’s kind of a mix of realism and some of the wood block prints I looked at for references. Tough part was the 12 layer kimono (Junihitoe, traditionally worn by court ladies in ancient Japan). It was originally larger, but I couldn’t get the many layers right and decided to crop it. Pose is referenced from a photo of “Snow White” floating around the internet, and the patterns from origami paper and other sources. If anyone feels there is a problem with it, let me know. I want to do this with respect and do it correctly, so i welcome the chance to be educated (so long as it is with civility).
I might try to do more some day if I get more ideas. If anyone has suggestions for fairytales as represented by a different culture than say Disney or event heir country of origin, go ahead and let me know. I love any excuse.

dracophile:

I’ve seen a lot of stuff about racially diverse fairy tales lately and it got me thinking. I decided to try and illustrate one idea I got: Japanese Snow White. I chose Japan because the “Hair as black as ebony, skin as white as snow” reminded me a lot of ancient Japanese concepts of beauty. I did change the apple to a peach though, since peaches are more intrinsic in many Japanese stories and culture. I suck at realism but I tried. It’s kind of a mix of realism and some of the wood block prints I looked at for references. Tough part was the 12 layer kimono (Junihitoe, traditionally worn by court ladies in ancient Japan). It was originally larger, but I couldn’t get the many layers right and decided to crop it. Pose is referenced from a photo of “Snow White” floating around the internet, and the patterns from origami paper and other sources. If anyone feels there is a problem with it, let me know. I want to do this with respect and do it correctly, so i welcome the chance to be educated (so long as it is with civility).

I might try to do more some day if I get more ideas. If anyone has suggestions for fairytales as represented by a different culture than say Disney or event heir country of origin, go ahead and let me know. I love any excuse.

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