Phallic Barriers Are Oddly Appropriate
So, yeah, it looks like a fire hose. It also looks a bit like something else. Especially when it's illuminated in a reddish hue as a nod to the 49ers' gridiron success.
Granted, anything longer than it is wide can double as a phallic symbol. But this reader photo of a set of sidewalk barriers struck us as especially -- and appropriately -- phallic, given they guard the entrance of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.
These posts really do appear as if a mohel took a chisel to them eight days after their installation. One JCCSF official laughed uproariously at that suggestion, noting "Now I'll never be able to walk past them again without thinking of this."
Intriguingly, SF Weekly is told, those eye-catching pillars were partly funded by the Department of Homeland Security.
At the time, some believed the driver was a jihadist targeting the city's Jewish population with his Honda Pilot. That was not the case -- but installing barricades preventing someone from motoring through the front entrance of the JCC was still deemed a prudent thing to do.
It's uncertain if the posts have circumscribed anyone's behavior.
Perhaps they've inspired behavior of a different sort altogether.