London-based blogger “Leopard” wrote that Alfred Eisenstaedt’s “Kissing Sailor” photo taken on VJ Day shows an act of sexual assault based on comments from the woman in the photo, Huffington Post reported.
“It wasn’t my choice to be kissed,” said Greta Zimmer Friedman, identified as the woman in the photo. “The guy just came over and grabbed!”
Another website, Feministing.com, pointed out the woman’s body language, including her clenched fist and limp body.
While it was once thought that the pair was a couple celebrating, the book “The Kissing Sailor” by George Galdorisi and Lawrence Verria confirmed that the two were strangers.
“Leopard” calls out the media for continuing to romanticize the image, even after the true story behind it was revealed.
“The unwillingness to recognize a problem here is not surprising, considering the rape culture in which we live,” according to the blog. “It is not easy to assert that a woman’s body is always her own, not to be used at the whim of any man without her consent.”
Is this photo timelessly romantic or sexual assault?