Please excuse my use of an attention grabbing yellow journal headline. It is meant as literary jest,
A Military Film For Your Inspection:
Instead of fighting to end the war, and going home earlier, the soldiers were ordered to take some time off to go off on a tropical vacation together.
(I know, I just don't understand Military strategy. This all must make perfect sense to the Military indoctrinated mind.)
"WW2 South Pacific: GI's Gay Day Off" source: LeeHarveyOswald63
The Don't Ask Don't Tell Lie: War is a powerful tool for cultural manipulation.
Think about this in the context of World War Two being a scripted and contrived event designed to create the brave new world of today.
Please note this has nothing to do with personal adult preferences and behavior and everything to do with cultural manipulation. I am not judging anyone. What free human adults do with other free adults is their business. That is what Free Will means and that is what real tolerance and freedom looks like. I think we need less fees, fines, jail time and judgment over personal preferences, behavior choices and opinions.
MATURE CONTENT WARNING: SOME MILITARY FILMED MEDICAL EXAMINATION MALE NUDITY
Coming Out Under Fire | Trailer source: DeepFocus Productions, Inc.
This is from a very insightful and revealing Daily Kos post:
"Then, Pearl Harbor happened and the United States went to war. Suddenly, excluding gays and lesbians from military service wasn't as important. After all, every warm body was needed to win the war."
"Women were allowed to enlist in the Women's Army Corps (WAC), and every patriotic American was expected to join in the war effort in some way. This isn't to say that gays and lesbians were well-treated or allowed to be open in the military. But, from 1939 to 1945, they were policed much less and, in many cases, allowed to flourish within the confines of the military.
World War II was quite unusual in the way that it so fundamentally changed American society. Over fifteen million Americans moved to urban centers to work in defense jobs, and just about as many men were drafted. Women entered the job market en masse. African Americans moved to the North. Ethnic Mexicans were shipped into California to replace the "relocated" Japanese-Americans. Normalcy was turned on its head as just about every facet of life, from family structure to gender roles, changed. The war also had quite an effect on American gay life, even if we don't talk about that as much when we discuss World War II.
Like many other Americans, gays and lesbians flocked to the military. Some simply wanted to serve their country in its time of need. Some lesbians saw WAC life as a way to meet and live with other lesbians. Some joined the military not realizing they were gay or lesbian until they were exposed to others of their kind. Whatever their individual reasons, many gays and lesbians rushed to enlist after Pearl Harbor. As I said above, policing of gays and lesbians did not end during World War II, and this extended to the recruitment process. Medical professionals were "trained" to spot homosexuals based on physical characteristics, behavior, and vocabulary. The interview screening process that each man and woman entering the military had to go through took all of three minutes, during which time homosexuality was supposed to be spotted by the interviewer. As you can imagine, not many were "spotted." Bob Ruffing, a gay man who enlisted in the navy, recalls:
I walked into this office, and there was this man who was a screaming belle--lots of gold braid but he was a queen if ever I saw one. And he asked me the standard questions, ending up with, "Did you ever have any homosexual experiences?" Well, I looked him right in the eye and said, "No." And he looked right back and said, "That's good." Both of us lying through our teeth!
Getting in was easy. And the reality was that, once in, it was not that easy to be discharged for homosexual activity, especially in the WAC. WAC policy was made clear in a secret lecture given in 1943 which warned against "indulging in witch hunting or speculation." The lecture also acknowledged:
Sometimes [a relationship] can become an intimacy that may eventually take some form of sexual expression. It may appear that, almost spontaneously, such a relationship has sprung up between two women, neither of whom is a confirmed active homosexual.
This policy became all the more clear in an incident that took place in 1944. After a complaint from the mother of a WAC recruit, the Inspector General's office sent a team to investigate. Witnesses testified:
...women having the appearance of perverts have been observed at Fort Oglethorpe;...these women affect mannish appearance by haircut, by the manner of wearing the clothing, by posture, by stride, by seeking "to date" other girls such as a man would, and when with other girls pay all the bills...These addicts have certain signals by which they recognize each other...The signal is said to be a whistle of the "Hawaiian War Chant."...Expressions common between them are said to include, "We're going to have a gay time tonight"; "Are you in the mood?" and "Messing around."
Yet, despite this "damning" evidence, the team concluded that no homosexual "addicts" existed in the WAC, and an effort was made to retain all of these women. The need for bodies trumped the need for purity.
Gay men had a slightly less easier time in the military. If a man was caught having sex with another man, it was treated as a very serious crime. The guilty could be sent to the brigs, where guards enjoyed beating gay prisoners. They also faced discharge (covered in more detail below).
In spite of this, gay male culture, in many ways, flourished in the military. Drag shows were quite popular during the war, and many men gladly dressed up in women's clothing to put on a good show for their comrades. Homoerotic behavior was prevalent in the barracks. One wartime psychiatric study of barracks life noted:
In the barracks, usually when the men are getting undressed...various persons will "kiddingly" assume the role of overt homosexual. One soldier, returning from the shower in the nude, will be greeted with catcalls, salacious whistling, comments like "Hey Joe! You shouldn't go around like that--you don't know what that does to me!" Joe will respond by wriggling his hips in feminine fashion after coyly draping a towel around himself...Others act the part of active solicitors for sexual favors. "How much do you want for sleeping with me tonight?"; "Come into my bed and I'll give you the time of your life."
In addition to the blatant homoeroticism in barracks life, there were ample opportunities for gay men to meet other gay men and form queer social networks and even romantic and sexual relationships. Such networks were often referred to as the "fruit corner" or the "fruit salad." As derogatory as these terms seem, there was not much discrimination perpetrated against gay soldiers by their fellow comrades. Long before DADT, it was very much a "don't ask, don't tell" environment. If you were gay and in a sexual relationship, nothing could be proven unless you were caught.
Not to mention, there were numerous opportunities for gay men to explore the queer nightlife on weekend passes and furloughs in American urban centers. Gay servicemen could be found in gay bars, cruising parks, and hooking up with queer civilians. Despite the rhetorically anti-gay policies of the military, there were many ways for gay soldiers to fly under the radar during World War II."
"The material in this diary was taken from two sources, both written by gay historian Allan Bérubé. His chapter in the edited collection Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past entitled "Marching to a Different Drummer: Lesbian and Gay GIs in World War II" is a useful brief overview of the subject. For a more detailed account, I wholeheartedly recommend his incredible book Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War II. If you're interested in this subject, you should definitely read this book, as there is so much material that I was not able to adequately cover in this short diary."
Naval Men part2.wmv source: waynebrighton
Bill Nye, the Orwellian Propaganda Guy source: Truthstream Media