Chances are, you’ve already seen this iconic post WW2 photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE Magazine.
It shows a WW2 sailor kissing a woman in the middle of Times Square on V-J Day after the news of Japan’s surrender effectively heralded the end of World War II. The sailor in the photo, a Navy veteran identified as Middletown, Rhode Island native George Mendonsa died on Monday, and The Boston Globe of course ran an obligatory puff piece announcing his death.
The photo has become so iconic because it captured and served as a timelesss symbol of the collective exuberance and relief Americans felt at the close of the Second World War. It has been the subject of countless reproductions, tributes and reenactments, and is readily recognized even today as a charming portrait of a moment in American history. That was, of course, before the feminazis got to it.
Jesus Christ, no she’s not. I looked, and looked, and looked once more, just to be safe, because I didn’t want to misspeak on behalf of another human being. There is not one published article or interview where the woman in the picture – Greta Friedman, discusses the kiss being frightening, or referring to it as a form of sexual assault. Quite the contrary, actually. And she hasn’t said anything about the matter “recently”, because she died in 2016 and dead people don’t talk. But this is how these women choose to “empower” other women now, by speaking for them and twisting or outright ignoring their own words to further perpetuate their own miserable agenda.
You people really are just out to ruin everything, aren’t you?
Oh good, Brian the White Knight beta male at least cited an article. It’s a valiant effort for a weak mind, and you alllmmooosssttt had it there, Briguy. You just selectively cherry picked one quote, and forgot this little blurb in the preceding paragraph:
“I felt that he was very strong. He was just holding me tight. I’m not sure about the kiss… it was just somebody celebrating,” Friedman told Redmond. “It wasn’t a romantic event. It was just an event of ‘thank god the war is over.’”
In the years since, the moment has been reinterpreted based off of Friedman’s account and a closer examination of the photograph, which appears more forceful than affectionate. Some have called it documentation of a sexual assault, and while Friedman reportedly did not view it that way, she understood that reading of the moment, Eli Rosenberg reports for the New York Times.”
Better luck next time.
This is what female empowerment has come to? Defining someone as a victim despite their own feelings about it? That’s utterly reprehensible, and as a woman I reject the notion. Greta Friedman rejected it as well, as her son once told the New York Daily News, “My mom always had an appreciation for a feminist viewpoint, and understood the premise that you don’t have a right to be intimate with a stranger on the street. …(But) she didn’t assign any bad motives to George in that circumstance, that situation, that time.” One reason might be that she was a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Europe, and, unlike feminists in America, she knew real evil. Given the context, the act was essentially innocent. The facts are, the kiss was very brief and Mendonsa’s girlfriend can be seen smiling in the background. And as the “victim” told the Veterans History Project:
“Well, I was working in a dental office on Lexington Avenue for two brothers, JD and JL Burke, and all morning long people would come in and say there seems to be rumors that the war is ending. And since I wasn’t very far from Times Square, I could just walk over there and see for myself. And so after my bosses came back at 1:00 from their lunch hour, excuse me, I went straight to Times Square where I saw on the lighted billboard that goes around the building, V-J Day, V-J Day, and that really — that really confirmed what the people have said in the office. And so suddenly I was grabbed by a sailor, and it wasn’t that much of a kiss, it was more of a jubilant act that he didn’t have to go back, I found out later, he was so happy that he did not have to go back to the Pacific where they already had been through the war. And the reason he grabbed someone dressed like a nurse was that he just felt very grateful to nurses who took care of the wounded. And so I had to go back to the office, and I told my bosses what I had seen. And they said, Cancel all the appointments, we’re closing the office. So they left, and I canceled all the appointments and went home.”
But forget context and the women’s own words – this is 2019. A bunch of strange, angry women on the internet can degrade you to the level of “victim” and embrace the ensuing outrage, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Somehow this seems like more of a violation than that that famous 70-year old kiss, but what do I know? Only the facts. If the byproduct of sexual assault and rape is a theft of personal power (it is), then what exactly is this?
The woman isn’t even alive to defend herself anymore. Jesus.
America is not a better place — nor, for that matter, are American women happier — because these perpetually outraged snowflakes want us all to consider George Mendonsa a sexual offender, and Greta Friedman a survivor of sexual assault. They were celebrating life, America, and both men and women in that picture – something these “feminists” clearly know nothing about.
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