What do you mean how did they get away with it?
History isn’t one straight line progressing towards a liberal society.
Look how much Americans attitudes have changed between 1980 and today. 1980 was the first time most very religious people voted, they abstained before that at the behest of their churches. Now they dictate policy at every election.
In my family photo album there are pictures from the 20s of a woman called ‘uncle bob’. She dressed in men’s clothing, and had a ‘companion’. This was a rough industrial town, they were working class, nobody cared. It was her business.
This is why politics is important - the moment you think everything is better today than it was in the past, you let other people take control of the direction society goes in - with you sitting back presuming we’re going forwards.
reblogging for the commentary
Things are so wibbly-wobbly in history and queer issues, there’s really no straight line at all and there were plenty of places in the ancient world that would have been better to live in than present-day America.
HOWEVER working class people have generally been more able to get away with being openly queer, because there aren’t necessarily “appearances” to maintain. People are more likely to leave you alone, but history is less likely to document you (which is why we know much more about very famous queer people).
There were also TONS of photos taken like this when photography was kind of new but also accessible to a wider group of people (not just specialists). Sometimes they were portraits and self-portraits of openly queer and trans* people, but a lot of the time people were just amusing themselves with dressing up and taking novel photos. They’d dress up in “Oriental” clothing, blackface, stage scenes from history or fantasy, and also swap gendered items of clothing.
I had a guest speaker in my Trans* Lives and Culture class come in and show us a bunch of photos that she’d collected over the years of things like this. She said the only thing she really went by to tell if someone was “really” trans* or not was how much care the subject had put into their appearance. Small things like jewelry, the way they’re posed, how well the clothes fit, etc. There were also a couple cases where you could tell someone had gone in and very carefully retouched the waist of a male-bodied person in women’s clothing and make it more defined and feminine, or made the shoulders slimmer, and then you definitely knew this was a transperson. That kind of care was not put into a photo that was just meant to be amusing.
So this photo may seem really shocking to us, because we have warped ideas of what the past was like, but this might have been a photo these two showed all their friends as a “hey this is silly and we did it once” thing. Or maybe this was an expression of how they lived their lives, or how they wished to.
I compiled some personal tactics and crowd sourced DIY remedies for the sads (clinical term) into a mini comic! Enjoy xoxo
- If I say “no” to someone and they get angry, this does not mean I should have said “yes.”
- Saying “no” does not make me selfish.
- Although I want to please the people I care about, I do not have to please them all the time.
- It is okay to want or need something from someone else.
- My wants and needs are just as important as those of anyone else.
- I have the right to assert myself, even if I may inconvenience others.
- There’s an old Earth saying, Captain. A phrase of great power and wisdom, and consolation to the soul in times of need. - What’s that, then?
He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
i love that world war 2 is called world war 2
it sounds like the sequel to an action movie
“WORLD WAR 2….
GERMANY’S BACK, AND THIS TIME….
this has a great deal of accuracy though
Today I learned that the Curiosity sang itself ‘Happy Birthday’ on its year anniversary of being on Mars.
Hundreds of thousands of miles from anyone or anything.
Guys I am depressed over robots now.
oh god this is the saddest thing i have ever read