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Office Romances; Gender and the Role of the Secretary
9/22/2012 5:02:48 PM

      John Rosenberger, "Hide From Love!"Secret Hearts #139 (October 1969)

In today’s society, gender inequality is still an ever present source of contention and has yet to be remedied fully and utterly. With the advent of the ‘New Woman’ in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the role of women in society has always been a particular point of fascination, for both contemporaries and historians alike. The image of the doting and flirtatious secretary can be seen, therefore, as emblematic of the working woman for more than a century. Her sexualised role in the male dominated office setting left her vulnerable in her place of work to perverted scrutiny, abject ridicule and physical harassment.
 
Illegal Combatant; Captain Fryatt and his attempt on a German Submarine
9/2/2012 1:03:24 PM


On 24 July 1916, Captain Charles Fryatt was executed by the German armed forces in the Belgian city of Bruges for his attempt of sinking a German submarine by ramming. The nature of his execution sent a shock wave throughout international political circles, many in the British government becoming outraged that a man should be condemned for exercising his right to resist an opposing aggressor. Germany had justified its military tribunal on the proviso that Fryatt was an illegal combatant, a franc-tireur, reintroducing a Franco-Prussian war concept, which could prosecute anyone that conspired to perverse the ‘established’ rules of war.
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