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.’”
We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work.
If i have no experience with marvel comics, where should i start or what do you recommend? (I feel like i should know more about the characters in marvel instead of just mcu tbh)
right so I’ve been asked this question a few times and there’s many, many mANY ways to respond and I’m never quite sure how to because it depends on what you’re interested in!!! but if you’re interested in the mcu, you’re in luck, because lately marvel has been skewing more towards the avengers side of their universe, rather than the x-men. it’s also great for me, since I don’t really read x-men comics and thus don’t have to care about how shitty the movies are.
also I just started reading comics about 2 years ago, so I know what it’s like trying to get into comics and feeling like a lost baby duck, adrift in an ocean filled with horrible art and laughably offensive writing. SO I WILL TRY TO HELP YOU AS BEST I CAN HERE WE GO
↳ movie avengers
*the current solo series for both captain america and iron man are terrible and not at all what I would recommend for new readers. or any readers. no one should have to read this shit, not even the editors. I’m not actually sure any of the editors are reading these tbh. anyways. stay clear of both these titles, they aren’t worth spending money or time on.
↳ current titles that are good intros to the greater marvel universe
(note: some of these recently relaunched with new #1s. just think of it like a new season of a tv series I guess? it picks up where the last one left off)
*ultimate spider-man takes place in a different continuity of marvel comics. it’s literally a different universe. the spider-man there was originally peter parker just like in the regular marvel comics, but he was killed in the line of duty. after his death, a new spider-man named miles morales was introduced, and this is where the “black spider-man” you may have seen or heard of comes from. while the greater ultimates universe is…not exactly what I’d recommend for new readers, miles’ book is easy to follow along and a much better spider-man series than the one that has been happening in the main comics for a while.
↳ older, completed titles that are new-reader friendly
- and last but not least, avengers vol 1, vol 3, vol 4. this is a little different because honestly I recommend reading avengers from the very beginning. it is a trip, lemme tell you. vol 1 spans the 60s, 70s, and 80s and is quite a lot to tackle but it’s so entertaining. I’d skip over avengers vol 2, though, since it’s filled with rob liefeld art and VERY 90S WRITING. avengers vol 3 has some questionable art as well but it improves quickly, and the writing is worth it. (I’d also recommend west coast avengers, which is not on comixology unfortunately, but SHOULD BE. what happens is towards the later part of avengers vol 1, everyone becomes too dysfunctional to work together and half of them leave for california and they spend a lot of the time mad at each other and it’s gr99999). anyways, the point is that imho, the avengers title up until the end of vol 3 is actually better to read in chronological order. there’s not a million crossovers or events disrupting the general flow of the story, so you can power through the majority of the team’s history pretty easily.
ANYWAYS I HOPE THIS HELPS I KNOW IT’S A LOT BUT YOU CAN PICK AND CHOOSE GOOD LUCK