Six Famous Symbols that Don’t Mean What You Think
The entire point of using a symbol is that it conveys meaning and saves space — you see one picture of a stick figure in a dress and you no longer need the phrase “This is the place where female humans can discharge waste.” But what is fascinating is that sometimes the meaning of a symbol will get lost to history, but we’ll just keep right on using it anyway.
6. The Jesus Fish Is a Vagina
Apart from the cross, the most ubiquitous symbol of Christianity is the ichthys, known to us as the Jesus Fish, and today it appears predominantly in its natural habitat — car bumpers. The ichthys actually dates right back to ancient times, when Christianity was still an obscure sect, and considering that fish and fishing were frequently used as symbols in the Bible, you could argue that it’s a more appropriate symbol for the teachings of Christ than the device used to torture and kill him.
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