the overlaid text is covering up greta’s clenched fist — an aspect of this photo that not many people notice. this is just one example of how insidiously fucked up our romanticized notions of american masculinity and the military in general really are.
This “classic” “romantic” “victorious” photo has always felt off to me in its aggressiveness since I was a young boy and saw it in a memorable Life magazine compilation about WWII. There’s her clenched left fist which friendopportunity points out is blocked above; also the guy’s own left fist turned awkwardly away from the woman’s head rather than cradling it, so that his arm is pushing her rather than embracing her; and also her right arm jammed between their bodies, as if to fend him off. All major tells. Gross. I’m glad Greta Zimmer Friedman eventually got to tell the world her side of the story.
Priest says Hell is an invention of the church to control people with fear.
Retired Episcopal bishop John Shelby Spong is a liberal theologian, religion commentator and author. He has been a strong proponent of feminism, gay rights, and racial equality within both the church and society at large. He calls for a new Reformation in which many of Christianity’s basic doctrines must be reformulated.