We’ve all seen the image. It’s appeared and been reproduced in countless magazine and newspapers since it was taken in 1945. A testament to its lasting ubiquity, Buzzfeed listed it at the absolute top of its “50 most romantic photographs of all time” feature just two weeks ago.
But what does it really depict and represent?
As it turns out, rather than a romantic moment between lovers, the image actually and unambiguously depicts an act of sexual assault.
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