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.
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