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The Peace Symbol Turns 50!

On March 10, 2008, Sharon Stone turned 50 years old! (Puh-leeze!) I know, right! Prince will be 50 on June 7! (Shut up! Are you fucking serious?) Yes! And Madonna will be joining these cultural icons on August 16! (*Snort* Unfuckingbelievable!) In honor of this hot blonde’s milestone birthday, I think I will search the web for “Madonna’s 50th Birthday Countdown Clock,” which can be downloaded to my desktop. (Oh my Gawd! Are you fucking serious?) Ummm…no. I have a fucking life, fuck you very much.

There is another who is turning 50 this year that deserves proper recognition. This icon neither sings nor dances; nor does it make obscene amounts of money for mediocre performances in mediocre films. It has, however, fallen victim to the occasional fashion “don’t.” The icon I speak of is the peace symbol.

Designed in 1958, by textile designer, Gerald Holtom, this widely recognized symbol signified Britain’s desire for nuclear disarmament. The peace symbol was brought to America by Bayard Rustin and quickly adopted by a growing civil rights movement dedicated to nonviolence. Over time, it had evolved from its association with nuclear disarmament to a symbol for counterculture. By the 1960’s the peace symbol had even become marketable, appearing on buttons, flags, coffee mugs and miniskirts. This over zealous duplication of the symbol nearly killed it, turning it into a meaningless emblem of pot smoking, acid dropping, hippie sentiment; however, the peace symbol has proven its endurance as a fixture in society. Today, as the arms race and war continue, the peace symbol is visible at anti-war rallies and demonstrations.

The peace symbol turns 50 years old this year. Celebrate, smoke a blunt and make some love.

1 Comment»

  jonsquared wrote @

Good post. Cheers!


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