Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Sly Sailors: WWII photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 23, 2010 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Living
Tags: vintage photo, vintage sailors, WWII

Amazing how many of these homoerotic WWII images keep turning up. I love the looks on their handsome young faces.


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I dont know what quite happened between then and now, TTTT. I remember when I was in the Navy in the early-mid 70s, you would still find the same free-form attitude like the one above. Now it's all about "I'm more macho than you (thank you very much)", as though that rifle in your hand makes you a *real* man.

O tempus, o mores.

dumbledork | March 23, 2010 1:14 PM

Not true. I was enlisted just a few years ago and this type of horseplay is still prevalent.

Actually, I saw a photo just a week or so ago like that from Iraq. Some soldier spelled out the word "dick," and for the k there was one guy bent over and the other right behind him.

Boys will be boys.