Last week we discussed the iconic photo of the situation room during the assault on Osama bin Laden’s hideout, and how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to answer questions about whether her hand-over-the-mouth gesture was indicative of a woman who was too emotionally involved or whether it merely reflected someone who was coughing into her hand during the height of allergy season. Well, Der Tzitung, an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper, eliminated the question for its readers in a unique way: The newspaper Photoshopped Clinton out of the picture it ran on its front page. Why? Because Clinton is a woman and—as Jezebel reports—“the religious newspaper never publishes pictures of women, as they could be considered ‘sexually suggestive.’”
(Note: That lesser-known woman near the door has been erased,too.)
Why even publish a newspaper if you’re basically ignoring one half of the world’s population? If Hillary Clinton were running against Condoleezza Rice for president, and the two of them had a presidential debate, would Der Tzitung run a picture of two lecterns? Lecterns, you know, can be rather sexually suggestive.