This Was Sexual Assault
Blogger slams classic 'Life' magazine photo
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2012 4:01 PM CDT
The legendary Life magazine photo. Was it sexual assault?   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – The iconic kiss that symbolized America's victory in World War II? It was nothing less than sexual assault, according to a British blogger who notes that Greta Zimmer Friedman—the kissee in the classic Life photo—was grabbed and kissed against her will, reports the Daily Mail. "If there is a better symbol for how messed up our ideas about sex and romance are, I can’t think of one," writes Leopard on Crates and Ribbons.

Indeed, the man who planted that kiss—George Mendonsa—was on a date with his future wife when the war ended, he popped a few drinks, and spontaneously took hold of Friedman. "I wasn’t kissing him," she later said. "He was kissing me." Leopard lays it on the line: "It seems pretty clear, then, that what George had committed was sexual assault. Yet, in an amazing feat of willful blindness, none of the articles comment on this, even as they reproduce Greta’s words for us." Click for Leopard's full blog.

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Nov 24, 2012 5:21 PM CST
next time a woman pats me on the back i will claim battery
Oct 11, 2012 7:03 AM CDT
I'm really getting frustrated with the media and writers. They are spending more time trying to dig up dirt, then reporting news. Is this writer trying to "make a name" for himself? As usual, take an iconic picture, and find dirt. Same with taking any of our heroes and spend time trashing them. It only took 60 plus years for some jerk to dig long enough on this picture, to find dirt. But I'd wager to bet that the girl wasn't looking to press charges for sexual assualt, but with today's mindset, holding hands will be treated as sexual assualt.
Oct 9, 2012 11:48 AM CDT
....This is what happens when you let the inmates (the poltically correct) run the asylum. I honestly cannot fathom the stupidity and self righteousness of this article.