Are all Lebanese women gorgeous? Glenn Reynolds over at Instapundit has been running photos of the demonstations for Lebanese independence and freedom, and most of the pictures have focused on incredibly beautiful babes.
Reynolds now points out that it is not only he who has been drawn to the feminine face of freedom. The magazine covers of Newsweek, The Weekly Standard and The Economist are graced with photos of lovely women rallying the democratic spirit in the streets of Beirut.
The pictures follow a proud tradition. Artists have long cast freedom in the form of a woman. In 1830, Eugene Delacroix painted "Liberty Leading the People" as a bare-breasted woman carrying a musket in one hand and the flag of France in another.
Since Delacroix, we’ve seen the Statue of Liberty, designed by another Frenchman, Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi, in 1871 and erected in 1886. In the Middle East, Mahmud Mukhtar’s sculpture "Nahdat Misr" in 1920 depicted the unveiling of an Egyptian woman as a symbol of liberation.
And no one will forget China’s 1989 statue of liberty, the Goddess of Democracy, in Tiananman Square.
It’s an attractive image, the fair sex, the sex that delivers life, leading the way to liberty. By subliminal contrast, the symbolism adds to the ugliness of the dictators, almost all of whom are men.
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