Wow, it kind of surprises me how few people can really critically analyze this. There's actually a really poetic and poignant message here, I think:
“Men's greatest weakness is their facade of strength. Women's greatest strength is their facade of weakness."
Think about it this way: If she stabs him in the back, whose side is society going to take? He may be her savior, and she may be his betrayer, but whose story is society going to believe? The beautiful, helpless looking little damsel, or the big, ugly, muscly, imposing male?
Beautiful. Poetic, ironic, poignant, haunting. Beautiful. Seriously the best piece of visual art I've ever seen. Period.
If the artist didn't intend it this way, I'm REALLY surprise and slightly embarrassed now. And maybe I've been spending a bit too much time reading MRA propaganda.
I am having a hard time putting my thoughts to words. The soldier: nameless, faceless, he is anyone who ever stood up against wrong and fought for right. She has a face, she is identified. She is traitor. I guess it all sums up as No good deed goes unpunished.
Exactly! I used to study the painted covers to paperback collections of Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian as a child. Probably greatly inspired my interest in art, (and books). Never underestimate good promotion.