Nerd Nite is tomorrow night!

tell her you love herOh my goodness!  I am SO EXCITED to be participating in Nerd Nite DC tomorrow!

I’ll be reflecting on an age-old question: “If her loose lips sink ships, what can her other parts do?”  Or: policing women’s talk in wartime.

Here’s a summary:

During World War II, the “loose lips” blamed for “sinking ships” frequently belonged to women, and posters reminded amorous GIs not to share sensitive information in an attempt to impress the ladies. Today, OPSEC (Operational Security) materials for military families warn wives to scrub their social media and keep their husbands’ deployments secret. While men telling women to be quiet is hardly novel, in these cases, talkative women are portrayed as not just irritating but lethally dangerous. These chatterboxes will be our guides through a history of the U.S. military’s approach to the problems of its men liking women, and those women liking to have contact with the outside world.

airports, once again

The wonderful people at the University of Massachusetts Press (who published my first book in 2014) recently asked me to write something for their blog about contemporary visualizations of American identity and terrorism.  I opted to write about airports, thinking through the key role that they have played in both the implementation of and protests against travel bans in recent months.  Airports figured centrally in my book, as loci for civilian acculturation to the rhythm
s and exigencies of the Global War on Terror and, thus, for the performance of new rituals of militarized citizenship.  And so I found it interesting that airports became sites of protest (and counter-protest) almost immediately after the announcement of the first Travel Ban, and were also transformed into sites of both grief and detention.

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