In European traditional art and folklore, the heart symbol is drawn in a stylized shape. This shape is typically colored red, suggesting both blood and, in many cultures, passion and strong emotion. The shape is particularly associated with romantic love; it is often seen on St. Valentine’s Day cards, candy boxes, and similar popular culture artifacts as a symbol of romantic love.
What the traditional “heart shape” actually depicts is a matter of some controversy. It only vaguely resembles the human heart. The “heart” shape could also be considered to depict features of the human female body, such as the female’s pubic mound or spread vulva. The tantric symbol of the “Yoni” is another example of a heart-shaped abstraction of a woman’s vulva. In the introduction to The Vagina Monologues Gloria Steinem writes, “The heart was reduced from power to romance by centuries of male dominance.”
Others maintain that the heart resembles the shape of the female breasts or the female buttocks
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