By Joshua Russell Kahn, Stephen D'Arcy
The struggle over the tar sands in North the US is likely one of the such a lot epic environmental and social justice battles of our time, and it's one of many first that has controlled to fairly explicitly marry drawback for frontline groups and fast neighborhood risks with worry for the way forward for the full planet. together with major voices thinking about the fight opposed to the tar sands, A Line within the Tar Sands bargains a serious research of the influence of the tar sands and the demanding situations competitors face of their efforts to organise powerful resistance.
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However, the actual treatment of men engaged in homosexual activity, gleaned from military records and interviews, reveals that the policy-makers were never in step with the de facto management of queer servicemen. There was also a considerable distance between the category of homosexual and the actual queer men who belonged to units throughout the forces. Officers and soldiers had practical experience in dealing with the reality of homosexual comrades from the beginning of the war, and for the most part, they maintained control of their units’ secrets.
It would also be possible to show that many servicemen and women were offended by their queer comrades. While this approach would be accurate, it would nonetheless be limited and misleading. As one probes more deeply into a wider range of sources, it becomes evident that the significance of a soldier’s homosexuality varied greatly throughout the forces. Officers and men did not usually reduce a comrade to his homosexuality, and a soldier’s sexual bent was often not recognized (if it ever was) until after he had been judged and accepted according to other factors.
At the institutional level, relationships were established – between police, court-martial boards, padres, psychiatrists, censors, personnel and administrative officers on the one hand and servicemen on the other – in which sexual lives were actively, publicly discussed and constituted within a framework overwhelmingly antagonistic to homosexuality. In the aggregate of these countless encounters, the military contributed to the emergence of a historically novel form of identity and citizenship based on the social acceptability of the gender of the object of one’s sexual desires.
A Line In The Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice by Joshua Russell Kahn, Stephen D'Arcy