Both Mendonsa and Eisenstaedt took the advantage of the war to get pleasure and fame. Mendonsa kissed a strange woman in the middle of the Time Square was a crime but unfortunately, it was ignored because of the victory over Japan. According to the law, a person cannot sexual assault someone because it is considers as a crime. Therefore, Mendonsa forcedly kissing Zimmer was a crime because he kissed her without getting her permission. However, Eisenstaedt also committed a crime by taking a picture without their permission. The only reason he took this picture is to get fame, he thought that this picture will change his life. And it did, the picture became the cover of the Life Magazine. But as well all know that the life during the WWII was different for both men and women. The women didn't have their full rights; they were mostly housewives or nurse. While the men's were the ones who were dominating the society, not only in military lifestyle but the civilian's citizens too. Therefore, women didn't take any action against crime like these, because they knew that nothing will happen even if they do. As you can see that the men's had more powers than women.
George Mendonsa was a sailor of Navy and Greta Zimmer was a dental assistant. She was in Time Square looking for answers to the one question everybody was asking, i.e., she was looking around to see if World War II had actually ended. After hearing that the war had ended, she was overwhelmed with happiness. Soon she became the center of attention for the crowd in Time Square; Mendonsa halted his steps before he could reach Zimmer, which he mistook her for a nurse. He then decided to grab her by having his upper torso's momentum sweeping over her. The motion forced her to bend backwards to her right and he cupped his right arm around her waist holding her tight. Then, he pulled her inwards and attempted to physically separate intruder from person. Zimmer, being unable to move from this position, she pinned the two bodies by using her right hand and clenching a fist on her left hand. Yet, she was defenseless. As they kissed, the crowd thought that the moment was his but it wasn't. Truly, this moment really belonged to Alfred Eisenstaedt because he was the one who had captured this moment forÂ Life Magazine. (Verria Lawrence).
The photo contains major photographic and social conventions that supports the arguments men's are dominating the society. When the picture was taken, the camera was in an upright position facing towards the kissing couple. This picture was presented in black and white, remarking the end of World War II. When observing this picture, not only do you see the couple kissing but you also see other people in the background smiling and encouraging them. As you can see, that instead of stopping them the crowd is encouraging them. Truly, this moment really belonged to Alfred Eisenstaedt because he was the one who had captured this moment forÂ Life Magazine (Verria). The photo also contains body language, clothes, and background. Mandonsa's body language was trapping her in his arms and locking his lips with hers, but Zimmer was trying her best thrusting him away but her hands were clenched into his arms. His facial expression shows that he wanted to kiss her desperately because he was so excited and she was in shock that she was kissed by a complete stranger. Yet, the people in the background were encouraging them and seemed to be happy for them in the middle of Time Square. He thought he was kissing a nurse because she was wearing a similar dress code for her dental assistant occupation, a white dress with white stockings and white shoes. He, himself, looked handsome with a formal blue Navy uniform without the rates on his shoulder.
According to the John Lucaites views on the photos, he also raised questions like, is it more than just a kiss?Â And more, could it be an instance ofÂ sexual assaultÂ in full view of the public? He answered in his article, "If this were to be reported today it is pretty clear that we would judge the sailor's behavior as more than just inappropriate but as a sexual assault." Also, the Zimmer words in the article suggest that she had nothing to do the kiss. "I did not see him approaching, and before I knew it, I was in this vice grip." "That man was very strong. I wasn't kissing him. He was kissing me." It seems pretty clear that what Mendonsa had committed a crime and would be consider as a sexual assault by modern standards (Leopard). As you can see that, we all agree to the fact what Mendonsa did was a crime. Also agreeing with Benfanti, "Time Square Kiss represents the post WWII lifestyle where women were once again put on the backburner and men controlled society," this supports that men's dominating the society.
As you can see, men's were dominating the society in the past and they can do anything while the women couldn't do as much as the men could. The idea that men's were dominating the society and Mendonsa committed a crime is proven by the facts and opinion of the different people views. The crime of Eisenstaedt was nothing compared to Mendonsa. Mendonsa forcefully kissing her, we know that he was extremely happy but he could've shared his passionate feeling with his date not with strange women. Woman should stand up for their rights because if you don't take action than the crime like this will keep happening in the society. In addition, this puts the men's in controlled so in order to stop this you have to fight for it. However, in most culture woman don't stand up because they feel uncomfortable and they are scared to lose their respect and dignity that they have in society. My point is that crime like these should be stopped everywhere and woman's need to stand up for their rights and gain equal rights same as man. And don't let the crime ignored just because of something, a crime is a crime not matter what, so take actions if someone is committing a crime.