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Hillary Clinton Cropped Out of Hasidic Newspaper

The Irony of Photoshopping Out Hillary

After two ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspapers photoshopped Hillary Clinton from the now-iconic photo of White House top guns watching Navy Seals pounce Osama bin Laden's compound, there are a lot of questions. Like, why didn't they just crop it?

It's certainly not that women don't work in the Hasidic Jewish community. With long skirts and covered heads, they may look like simple homemakers. But they are generally educated (definitely high school if not college), often hold full-time jobs, and frequently are family breadwinners, especially if it frees up husbands for more scholarly, religious pursuits. But the real reason has nothing to do with women in the workplace; it's about women in photographs.

Last night Stephen Colbert explained the edit when he quoted The Jewish Week. It wrote that at least one newspaper's editorial policy was to "not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive." The paper, De Voch, has since apologized, saying it was not for racial, social, or political reasons, but because modesty is the best policy. And modesty means no pictures of women, regardless of stature.



Source: Flickr User The White House

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snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
ah yes, the haredim. making the rest of the jews look bad since...forever.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
She'd dressed neck to toe and she's covering half her face. There is nothing immodest about this. If someone is so sexually aroused by seeing the Secretary of State in this way, the problem is their own.
amber512 amber512 6 years
Yeah, it doesn't make any sense to me.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
What does modesty have to do with it? I don't understand their logic. It's not like she was dressed provocatively. . They just don't have any respect for women.
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