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Women in Vietnam

Scholars have been sparse in their study of women during the Vietnam War. Their writings on the service of women becomes even more scarce, and downright nonexistent, when other minority aspects, like race, are factored into the equation. This makes it all the more necessary to read those works available to the public (published books rather than dissertations or articles in scholarly journals), applaud what has received deserved attention, and ask questions where gaps exist. The following books examine the role of women who served in different capacities in Vietnam.

  • Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era by Heather Marie Stur - (Cambridge University Press, 2011) It is not only the sharing of women’s experiences in Vietnam that must occur, but the study of their roles within the war from varied angles. Stur provides this insight by studying not only the jobs performed by women, but what was expected of them in terms of their gender. 
  • Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War by Kara Dixon Vuic - (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010) The main focus of Vuic’s work is to examine the effects of the “cultural climate of the era” on the Army Nursing Corps. The Army, and individual soldiers, sought to exploit the ideas of traditional feminine gender roles, even as nurses meaningfully expanded their medical experiences. Vuic utilizes official records along with interviews conducted with nurses.
  • Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam by Elizabeth Norman - (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990) A result of her doctoral dissertation, Norman interviewed 50 military nurses in 1983-84 and from those interviews highlighted the common threads in their experiences. She also highlights common themes between female and male service members, and between experiences in Vietnam with earlier wars.
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lets talk about the play book

In the latest episode we saw the playbook, which seems to make complete sense, but at a closer look i could not notice that Ethel’s name was shown more than one.But 4 times. 
Which just doesn’t add up to what she told us? especially when it’s connected to Reggie’s name - that his almost absence from this episode seems rather weird. 

I don’t know about all of you, but to me it seems rather weird,Ethel looks to me like this adorable character who got wronged. so why is her name linked to Reggie’s so many times? So i took a closer look. 

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Uploading the finished ones in a bundle since no one seems to find the single ones and people still keep reblogging the sketches. I love my graceling girls.

Also: I started a group @ goodreads because it seemed that a lot of people have the urge to talk about the books 8D –> https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/216209-graceling-realm <– Let’s have a book club people!!

Let’s Talk Books (6/?)

Finding reference books about the Vietnam War does not require quite as much research as finding a reputable scholarly source on any particular subject in the war. Even so, here are some that I’ve found incredibly helpful over the years, and continue to use in my work.

  • Where We Were in Vietnam by Michael Kelley - This large book “identifies the name, location and provides a brief historical synopsis of every military installation, firebase, landing zone, airfield, port, signal site, vessel and significant terrain feature of the American war in Vietnam.” This is an absolutely amazing and thorough resource that I cannot recommend enough. Covers French involvement as well, with information spanning 1945-1975.
    Bonus: There is now a Kindle edition that costs only $10!
  • Vietnam Order of Battle:  A Complete Illustrated Reference to U.S. Army Combat and Support Forces in Vietnam 1961-1973 by Shelby Stanton - “Extensive lists of units providing a record of every Army unit that served in Vietnam, down to and including separate companies, and also including U.S. Army aviation and riverine units.” Unit insignia and shoulder patch illustrations are also included. I’ve used this numerous times to determine information about different units, where they were stationed, and when they were in Vietnam. Select US Navy, US Marine, and US Air Force units are also included. Information on allies is brief, but still useful.
  • The Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History edited by Spencer Tucker - So much included in this four volume set. I’ve used it through college and university libraries only because it’s far too expensive to buy on my own. Definitely a great resource if you have access to it.
  • Dictionary of the Vietnam War edited by James Olson - “The focus of this historical dictionary is the deepening US military and political involvement in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia during the decades from 1945 to 1975.” There are terms missing that I would think might be included and there are some that have definitions I don’t necessarily agree with. On the whole, a great resource.
    Bonus: This is far more affordable than when I acquired my copy a few years ago. If you can get your hands on a copy, do so.

anonymous asked:


I mean, I’m absolutely not surprised given that Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s whole modus operandi is to just write really bigoted shit and then deflect criticism with “no lol it’s satire!!!” but yeah. Straight people think internalized homophobia/homophobic gay people existing is oh-so-funny because it allows them to deflect the blame for homophobia away from themselves and onto us, and because like, they love seeing gay people suffer and hate themselves. What else is new.

When I’m older and have kids, I’m gonna make them read all the books I’ve read in the past so that we can nerd out (also reminisce reading the books) like

“Omg you finished SOC”
“Heck yeah, dad”
“Omymtmtmtm lets tAlK”

today i had a conversation with a man about spider man before i saw the movie and i told him not to spoil me and he didn’t but he did say that tom holland’s spiderman is truest to the comic books

i countered and said “depends on which comic universe you’re reading because andrew garfield’s follows ultimate-universe spidey”

and he stopped and i saw him instantly recalibrate and had a look like “shit i’m talking to a woman that Knows Things” and I was like GREAT HERE WE GO

but instead he was like “oh cool lets talk comic books RIGHT NOW” and we had a great conversation for a while while we waited for food and at one point he brought up snowpiercer and I said something like “i’ve looked for it in english and I can’t find it for a decent price” and he gushed about the movie for a bit and said that he’d sell me the french versions because he bought it before he knew it was in french and he can’t find a local buyer lol

some fan-dudes are cool guys


hey guys! this is my april book haul! i haven’t bought as many books as i wanted to this month, but they’re all very very long so i’m really happy and excited to have them on my bookshelf. 📚

1. the first one, with the red cover, is eldest by christopher paolini! it’s the second book of the inheritance cycle that follows eragon, which i finished a few days ago! i really liked the first book and because of that i decided to read the whole thing. a lot of people claim that the series is too similar to lord of of the rings and they don’t like it owning to that, but even though i admit there are a lot of similarities between the two, i love the characters and the plot too much! i think it is really worth reading, especially if you like fantasy books!

2. the second one on the pile from the top is a game of thrones by george r. r. martin, the first book or the a song of ice and fire series which i’ll finally start to read! i’ve never watched the tv show, but since it is so popular, unfortunaly i’ve seen and read a lot of spoilers :( i still think the book is worth reading, so i’ll give it a try! the length of the novel intimidates me a bit because sometimes the free time that i dedicate to reading can be very limited, but i’m determined to finish it within this year.

3. the third one is an edition of all the books of the narnia chronicles by c. s. lewis! i’ve already read the prologue book (which is one of my favorites) and seen the movies when i was younger, but i love the story so much and i’ve been wanting to buy the books for a long time now!

4. the final one is the new annotated sherlock holmes written by arthur conan doyle, with notes by leslie s. klinger and introduction by john le carré. i borrowed it from by cousin when i was little and never managed to finish it, so when i saw it at the bookshop i just had to take it home with me! the book explains and expands your knowledge on basically everything that is mentioned throughout the stories, so if you’re the kind of person who really likes this stuff, i really recommend buying this edition. as you can see i bought the portuguese version, but if you’re interested, i have the link to the original version in english on amazon!

have you read any of these? if so, let me now! talking about books will always be a pleasure to me~

Thieves in the Night

Attire stay super fine. At the
Center of the Universe.

Old Lonnie got mugged, slugged to
Stony sleep. In hospital bed, surrounding
Are Gods. Dressed resplendently, and one bearing
A used car radio.

Crimson timb-boots
Cream jeans, honey eyes
A poet in disguise.
This is the image of our hero.

Pimp rollin’ down Saturnine road and
Some old fool
Had left their window down.
In our hero went,
Unhooked the gift for his friend, and kindly kept walking
Like it was his all along.

And it was, he took control. Always staying cool
At the Center of the Universe. Where cruel and kind
Collide. And beauties rob you blind.