Hillary Clinton "too sexy" for Hasidic newspaper
Brooklyn-based, ultra-Orthodox, Hasidic Jewish newspaper, Der Tzitung, has decided to rewrite history by photoshopping Hillary Clinton out of the photo of U.S. leaders receiving an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden (right). Why? Because the idea of a woman in the Situation Room was "too scandalous."
Apparently Der Tzitung's policy is to never publish a photo of a woman because it could be taken as "suggestive." So is this image of Hillary Clinton in long sleeves and a high neckline suggestive? Or, as Rabbi Jason Miller wrote in the Jewish Week, "Perhaps they just don't like the idea of a woman with that much political power." Jezebel points out that Audrey Thomason, the counterterrorism analyst way in the back, was also photoshopped out of Der Tzitung's version of the image.
This "photoshop of horrors" is wrong on so many levels. First and foremost, it's untruthful and goes against every principle of journalism, which is not only about being "fair and balanced," but about being accurate. Rabbi Jason Miller explains that it is also a violation of the Jewish legal principle of g'neivat da'at, or deceit. Additionally, it violates the White House's copyright permissions which explicitly state "The photograph may not be manipulated in any way" in the caption on Flickr.
But perhaps the biggest violation this incident represents is to women and men everywhere. It is the denial of feminism - the denial that women have a place beside men in the "Situation Rooms" of our government, our communities, and our own lives. It is also an insult to men, suggesting that they are nothing more than anamalistic sex machines unable to concentrate if a woman is present. It's also represents the denial of the GLBT community by suggesting that all men desire women, and vice versa.
Basically, it's an insult to everybody.
I am in shock that a Jewish newspaper would falsify the record of history in order to continue living in a make-believe world without feminism. This is, in no uncertain terms, "bad for the Jews." For shame.
How to cite this page
Berkenwald, Leah. "Hillary Clinton "too sexy" for Hasidic newspaper." 9 May 2011. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on December 21, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/hillary-clinton-too-sexy-for-hasidic-newspaper>.