The Fruit Machine

"Fruit machine" is a term for a device that was supposed to be able to identify gay men (derogatorily referred to as "fruits"). The subjects were made to view pornography; the device then measured the diameter of the pupils of the eyes (pupillary response test), perspiration, and pulse for a supposed erotic response. It was employed in Canada in the 1950s and 1960s to eliminate all gay men from the military.

Attached is a the full poster for Solo Crowd's final show this year. The 'fruit machine' is the topic of one of three performances.

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