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Sexual Assault or Feminist Wet Blanket?

#1 Oct 04 2012 at 4:04 PM Rating: Excellent
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I watched the CBS video. Greta doesn't seem disturbed, she doesn't act as though it was fucked up, she doesn't say "He grabbed me" in any sort of violent context and she's been willing to meet up with him a couple times now for these human interest stories. While not all the quotes came from the video, I get the feeling that taken in context they'd be the same as the interview. I'd rather wait for her to proclaim how she was mistreated before getting indignant on her behalf.

Here's her Library of Congress interview from which the "I was just grabbed" remark comes from.
That really confirmed what the people had said in the office. Suddenly, I was grabbed by a sailor. It wasn't that much of a kiss. It was more of a jubilant act that he didn't have to go back. I found out later he was so happy that he didn't have to go back to the Pacific where they had already been through the war. The reason he grabbed somebody dressed like a nurse, that he felt so very grateful to the nurses who took care of the wounded. I had to go back to the office, and I told my bosses what I had seen.
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. It was just an event of 'thank god the war is over' . . . it was right in front of the sign.
LIFE Magazine. And we sort of just didn't want to reenact the kiss. First of all, his wife was there. (Mr. Mendonsa's wife) [...] But I didn't know that then. It wasn't my choice to be kissed... (in 1945). The guy just came over and grabbed! (in 1980 for the reenactment of the kiss) I told him I didn't want to redo that pose! We have the picture here, and it is kind of a reenactment of the pose and the sign on Time's Square says, 'It had to be you!'

She's talking about how it would be uncomfortable to recreate the moment but not because she was assaulted or violated. She took it as a spontaneous act of joy and thought nothing else of it for years and years.
Patricia Redmond: What did you do the rest of the day, when you were off and celebrating?...
Greta Friedman: I went home!
Patricia Redmond: Did you think about "the kiss"...
Greta Friedman: Not until years later when I saw the picture. I said 'Wait a minute... that's me!'

Mountains out of molehills.

Edited, Oct 4th 2012 5:20pm by Jophiel
Belkira wrote:
Wow. Regular ol' Joph fan club in here.
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