Navy SEALs as sex symbols

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun May 8 20:25:42 UTC 2011

I don't know about sex symbols, but I keep thinking about all the
young children listening to accounts of the daring and heroic
exploits of the Navy SEALs and picturing the actions as having been
performed by...well, Navy seals.  After all, there *was* a dog
involved in the raid. And the Navy does train dolphins.


At 2:51 PM -0400 5/8/11, victor steinbok wrote:
>WaPo has a piece on Navy SEALs appearing both in and on the covers of
>romance novels. It's fairly vacuous content but includes some interesting
>A sample:
>The appeal of a clean-cut Navy SEAL in the land of "lace-wristed dukes" and
>>  longhaired Fabios is simple.
>>  "For readers, Navy SEALs are superheroes without the spandex," said Pamela
>>  White, a journalist and romance novelist whose pen name is Pamela Clare.
>There's quite a bit more at (2 pages).
>And the Discovery Channel plans to air an "insta-mentary" called "Killing
>>  bin Laden" on May 15.
>462K raw hits for "insta-mentary", but in several distinct uses.
>The American Dialect Society -

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