The Homosexual Atom Bomb
Such absurd equations show how homosexuality became a floating signifier, associated with whatever political tendency one most disliked. Rather than representing a certain group of people, it represented everything that was wrong—whatever that meant. America’s Red Scare bled into its Lavender Scare; the Soviets associated homosexuality with capitalism and fascism. But empty as it was, the political use of the trope of homosexuality had a devastating effect on real people from both countries.
"Homosexuality Is Stalin's Atom Bomb to Destroy America"
is on display at the Winkleman Gallery in NYC. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Feb 28, 2013 -
In 1955, at least twelve men in Boise, Idaho were arrested for "infamous crimes against nature."
. In the resulting dragnet, the vice president of the Idaho First National Bank was sentenced to seven years in prison
, while national magazines fomented a McCarthyite Lavender Scare
with headlines such as Male Pervert Ring Seduces 1,000 Boys
. This dark chapter in
Idaho gay history
was documented in both John Gerassi's 1966 book, The Boys of Boise
and the recent film, The Fall of '55
, by documentarian Seth Randal
, but neither Gerassi nor Randal could identify The Queen
, a closeted but politically connected homosexual who allegedly used his massive clout to stop the witch hunt.
posted by jonp72
on Aug 28, 2007 -
Silence in class.
"University professors denounced for anti-Americanism; schoolteachers suspended for their politics; students encouraged to report on their tutors. Are US campuses in the grip of a witch-hunt of progressives, or is academic life just too liberal?" From today's Guardian.
posted by jokeefe
on Apr 4, 2006 -
Miguel Tinker Salas
is the Arango Professor in Latin American History at Pomona College
, a political historian
and sometime commentator on U.S. foreign policy
in Latin America. On Tuesday, an FBI/LA County Sherrifs Office Joint Terrorism Task Force came calling
during Tinker Salas's office hours. "After identifying themselves, they proceeded to ask about my relation to Venezuela, the government, the community, my scholarship, my politics...After they departed, the three or four students who were outside my office informed me that these individuals had asked them about my background, my classes, what I taught, my politics and they even wrote down the cartoons that are on my door."
posted by BT
on Mar 9, 2006 -
is the history of a secret, independent US intelligence-gathering group which preceded (and outlasted) the OSS. Shuffled from Cabinet to Cabinet to the CIA, it eventually ran aground against the infighting of McCarthy's Red Scare hearings and was no more by 1955.
posted by trondant
on Feb 2, 2005 -
"The fact that they asked for anything but flag stamps did raise a question for the clerk." At which point do the anecdotes about irrational patriotism and paranoia add up to a genuine cultural shift? I mean, stamps?
posted by muckster
on Dec 12, 2001 -
Herblock coined "McCarthyism."
Longtime Washington Post cartoonist Herbert Block dies at 91. Wielding independence through his sketches, the artist who gave President Richard Nixon five o'clock shadow won three Pulitzer prizes and the admiration of loyal readers. Don't miss "Five Decades of Herblock" cartoons and essays.
posted by Carol Anne
on Oct 8, 2001 -