Jul. 3rd, 2012

[personal profile] crunchysalad
Hi everyone! After [personal profile] beatrice_otter alerted me to this comm, I decided to make a write-up of major information found in Allan Berube's Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men and Women in World War Two for people who don't have access to it. I would highly recommend the book, which is available for purchase on Amazon; it might also be found at your local library. The book contains a great deal more in terms of information, details, and anecdotes, as well as chapters about the post-war era that were not touched upon here, since they weren't applicable to Captain America. It's an extremely interesting read and worth checking out even if you're only marginally interested in gay history or history in general.

Enlisting in an Anti-Homosexual Army )

Fear of Exposure )

Acceptance, Uneasy or Otherwise )

The Homosexual Milieu of Military Life )

Military-Sanctioned Drag Shows )

Captain America's Military )

Slang and Terminology )

Other Resources )

Also, while this doesn't have anything to do with homosexuality, the book has this great quotes that I thought is really interesting when applied to Captain America and possible dynamics with other soldiers: "While most soldiers would and often did risk their lives to protect their buddies, they shunned heroics and often used the term hero as an insult rather than a compliment. Hero described the undependable man who displayed a foolhardy bravado that could get him killed or endanger the lives of his buddies." (177)

Apologies in advance if I'm slow to reply to any comments, I don't check dreamwidth that often.


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