Let’s go back to 1945…
Let’s not… Let’s play a game called “Context Matters!”
That picture on the left, so iconic and romantic? Yeah, that’s a sexual assault right there. That man was a stranger, a strong stranger who grabbed a random woman on the street, and “kissed” her. In her words:
Suddenly, I was grabbed by a sailor. It wasn’t that much of a kiss… “I felt that he was very strong. He was just holding me tight. I’m not sure about the kiss…it was just somebody celebrating. It wasn’t a romantic event.
That picture on the right, the one that looks like a man holding a woman down in the mists of a riot, her clothes disheveled as he kissed her hard? That man is her boyfriend. He’s comforting her. Her real attackers are the police. An eyewitness stated:
The girl who was knocked over landed head first on the pavement with her boyfriend landing partially on top of her. She was in visible pain, crying, but the two officers gave them a parting shove and moved on.
The left picture: an icon of sexism, male privilege, and female objectification.
The right: real love in the face of brutal state force.
Spot on replies! I’d just like to add a little more, if I may:
If you think you want to go “back to the good old days” of 1945, it’s because you have no idea what the fuck you are talking about.
You know what happened in 1945?
Ships carrying civilians were being sunk by in their retreat. Wide scale air raids continued, including the firebombing of civilian sites in Japan. In fact, civilians were facing terrors on all sides. In Demmin, Germany, for example, the Soviets attacked the town and committed widespread acts of violence and sexual assault (that’s right, mass rape), which led to a mass suicide among the residents.
Oh yeah, and the HOLOCAUST was still happening. Forced marches of the tortured, starving prisoners from the concentration camps: death marches. The ones that couldn’t walk, including those who were at Auschwitz, were left to die. This happened all over, with the Nazis leading death marches across Europe as defeat loomed. People were still dying daily in the camps: Bergen-Belsen, Buchenwald, Dachau, Chelmno.
Oh and let’s not forget about HIROSHIMA and NAGASAKI.
There has never been an idyllic period of “good old days”. Your apparent concern about naturalized gender roles and the expression of sexuality is a symptom of your larger ignorance.