Published By: 1WorldOnline
A kiss is just a kiss, right?
Not so, says a feminist group in France, who are demanding that a statue depicting the infamous photo of a soldier kissing a woman in Times Square on V-J Day be removed because it portrays what they refer to as “sexual assault.”
“The sailor could have laughed with these women, hugged them, asked them if he could kiss them with joy. No, he chose to grab them with a firm hand to kiss them. It was an assault.” The group Osez Le Féminisme said.
Okay. So, is anyone asking that charges be brought up here?
It boggles the mind that 69 years later anyone would point the finger at this photo and see it for something other than what it was – a harmless reaction and celebration, to the end of World War II.
Should we be surprised?
Feminists across America (and the Democratic Party) have bombarded us with the “war on women” campaign for months now. It’s not surprising that the political tactic has spread across the ocean into France.
It’s ironic that the woman herself who was kissed, a nurse named, Edith Shain never brought that accusation against the soldier. “I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me,” she later said and even became friends with the sailor afterwards.
Is sexual assault identified here in the photo?
Not so, say many experts on sexual assault. In fact, they are saying that verbal permission to be kissed does not necessarily have to be granted in all cases. If a woman does not resist a kiss, and appears comfortable with the act itself, then an assault has not taken place.
Besides, in this sexually liberated world we live in now, it seems absurd that anyone would look at this photo and call it sexual abuse.
Some people and some groups seem to have too much time on their hands.
Maybe they can find a real criminal act being committed somewhere to complain about?
Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and an Opinion Writer at 1WorldOnline – America’s Fastest Growing Social Research Engine.