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[*] Post 504537 posted on 11-9-2016 at 08:36 Reply With Quote
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The woman who was in the famous kissing on VJ day photo has died at the age of 92.


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'Wasn't much of a kiss'
There were a number of people who claimed to be the sailor and the nurse in the photo and it was not until the 1980s that they were confirmed to be Ms Friedman and Mr Mendosa.
Although the picture captures the pair in a tight embrace, they did not actually know each other.
Mr Mendosa was actually at the time on a date with his future wife who can be seen smiling in some of the photos.
"It wasn't much of a kiss," Ms Friedman recalled, in an interview with the Veterans' History Project in 2005. "It was just somebody celebrating. It wasn't a romantic event."
Although the photo is lauded as a symbol of the joy felt by Americans on the day Japan surrendered to the United States, some people in recent times view the photo, as Time Magazine put it, "as little more than the documentation of a very public sexual assault".
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[*] Post 504543 posted on 11-9-2016 at 17:43 Reply With Quote


For anyone who is in the mood for an academic exercise try this on for "size" re how, & what, history would now be recalling this moment [keeping the time frame the same and the "most likely" "general public reaction" at that point in time]; so imagine, if instead of this particular couple, one of these two scenarios, (1) black female, caucasian male, or (2) caucasian female, african-american male.
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[*] Post 504551 posted on 11-9-2016 at 22:25 Reply With Quote


Racial difference has not got the same power for me that it does for others.
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