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October 1st, 2012

The iconic photo of sexual assault

Remember that famous picture of the sailor kissing the nurse in Times Square? Have you ever really looked at the picture? The uncomfortable placement of the sailor’s arm? The uncomfortable arching of the woman’s back? The stiffness of her arm? The clenched fist?

I’d never noticed those things, but apparently, it was as unwanted an act as it looks when you take a close, critical look at the photo. The woman in the picture, Greta Zimmer Friedman, said about the kiss: “That man was very strong. I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me.”

Just goes to show that a photo may be worth a thousand words, but the true story that goes behind them requires another thousand that are often never seen.

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