May. 28th, 2010

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Secrets of a Gay Marine Porn Star by Rich Merritt

After Merritt leaves the military, his life turns into a meth-fueled mess for a while, and it makes for depressing reading. But that's the last 10th of the book. Before that, this is a terrifically awesome tale of a gay man whose sexuality triumphs over monstrous repression. Not only was his family Southern and Christian, they were ultra-fundamentalists; Merritt attended the infamous Bob Jones University.

Joining the military finally takes Merritt out of the narrow world of Christian fundamentalism. His first sexual encounter with a man (a straight-identified fellow soldier) is smoking hot. This books is fucking great, even though the end is self-indulgent.

Merritt was in the service when Don't Ask, Don't Tell was enacted, and his description of the impact it had on both gays and straights in the service is invaluable.

Period of service: 1980s - 1990s. Branch: Marines. Rank: officer.

Note: Merritt's work of fiction, Code Of Conduct, was written when he was in his early twenties, and is unreadable, jam-packed with every badfic trope ever.

Major Conflict by Jeffrey McGowan

McGowan is a completely normal American male: patriotic, smart, brave, loyal -- and gay. Like Merritt, he is slow to become sexually active, and his self-repression results in misery. McGowan struggles with society's characterization of gay men as being "unmanly" and fights against the self-loathing the stereotype induces. He is brutally honest about his lack of self-acceptance, how he overcomes it, and his eventual anger with the military for forcing him to be a liar. This is a superb book in every way, extremely moving and a must read.

Period of service: 1980s-1990s. Branch: Army. Rank: officer.

Reviews: Books: Autobiographies


May. 28th, 2010 11:20 am
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Welcome to [community profile] monstrous_regiment. This comm came out of a comment thread on some meta I wrote a while back about military fandoms.

Our user profile has the following description, which is just what I pulled out of my arse. If you have suggestions for improvements please net me know.

What this community is about

Military history and military fandoms are sometimes seen as "boys' interests". If a woman expresses interest -- whether academic, fannish, or just as a hobby -- it's often seen as an oddity.

This community exists as a space for women to talk about the military and related topics: history, historiography, culture, representations in media, book/tv/film reviews, research, fannish creations and meta, etc.

Examples of things that are on topic might include (but are not limited to):

* Reviews of books on military history
* Episode reviews of military TV shows (eg. "The Pacific")
* Looking for Regency romances that touch on the Napoleonic Wars
* Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a fanfic trope
* Women who fought in the US Civil War
* Experiences doing or witnessing historical re-enactment (of battles, etc)
* The home front and women's auxiliary services during WWII
* Questions about the Battle of Trafalgar
* How the Stargate Program works: chain of command, assignments, etc.
* Details of daily life for enlisted servicemen and women
* The after-effects of combat: injury, mental health, etc.
* Approaches to military history as a research field

Really, anything related to the military or to military conflict is welcome. To be explicit, "military" includes any military force (incl. navy, air force, etc), whether real or fictional, past, present, or future.

On being a women-centric community

This community exists to provide a space for women to talk about military subjects. We take a broad definition of "woman", and if you identify as one, then we include you. We don't require any assertion or test to qualify for membership -- in fact anyone may join -- but we ask that those who don't identify as women respect the space we've set up here, and don't try to usurp the conversation (whether in posts or comments).

Rules and stuff

* Cut-tag anything potentially triggering, sexually explicit, or with large images
* Anyone can add tags, so please go ahead and tag posts thoroughly
* Be respectful!

Where the name comes from

The term "Monstrous Regiment" originally comes from a 16th century political tract called The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, complaining about female heads of state at the time (especially Mary I of England and Mary Queen of Scots). Monstrous Regiment is also the title of a humorous fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, part of the Discworld series, about a girl who runs away to join the army, and which contains considerable commentary on women and the military.
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Frau Sally Benz writing on Feministe today has a post on a slideshow of women in uniform. She also links back to a post from March honoring the WASPs of WWII. There are lots of links in the comments of both posts!


The Monstrous Regiment of Women

May 2011


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