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What’s Wrong With This Picture (Literally)?


 

Via Jewish Week (and originally noticed last week by the blog Failed Messiah), the iconic photo of President Obama’s team getting an update on the Bin Laden raid has received a photoshop job that may become almost as iconic. Someone at the Haredi newspaper Der Zeitung, a Brooklyn-based publication which “will not intentionally include any images of women in the paper because it could be considered sexually suggestive,” decided that there was too much Hillary Clinton in the photo, so:

This isn’t the first time something like this has come up, nor the first country. In 2009 a couple of Israeli Orthodox newspapers doctored a photo of Netanyahu’s new cabinet to remove the female members.


 
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What’s Wrong With This Picture (Literally)?

  1. All religions are anti-women…..the fundie orthodox ones are extreme in this regard.

    • Is Wicca not a religion?

      • No

  2. This is almost funny. Doctored photos in newspapers – there goes the credibility.

  3. Yeah, that Hillary Clinton is a sex symbol. A 60 year old woman in a pant suit.

    • Seeing ANY woman is 'sexually suggestive' to fundies….their age and appearance have nothing to do with it. Same as with rape.

  4. The world should be paying attention to this creep of religious Right fanatics in secular Israel – they are losing their democracy.

    Female Israeli activist could be sent to prison for praying at Wailing Wall

    "The religious world in Israel has become more and more extreme," Mrs Hoffman said. "Much like in Islam, religiosity is now measured by the distances at which women are kept from society."

    There are now over 100 state bus routes, many of them in Jerusalem, that offer segregated services requiring women to sit in the back. Israel's High Court yesterday ruled that the practice could continue. Many offices in the city also keep the sexes apart while a growing number of clinics require men and women to book appointments on different days.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middlee

  5. Surely R&D and Minister Kenney will get on it right away …

  6. What I find fascinating about the Cabinet photo example is that one of the newspapers involved didn't simply remove the two female Cabinet Ministers, but REPLACED THEM WITH TWO MEN. Which begs the question (not addressed in the article) which two men did the newspaper insert into Netanyahu's cabinet???

  7. Before you all run off screaming about the Hasidic Taliban and about Orthodox Jewish “fundamentalist” that are deriding women – please give me a minute to explain why we orthodox jews dont publish pictures of women in general publications. The secular mindset formed by the inundation of explicit images day in and day out from billboards to blackberry’s and on the web, in social media, magazines and romance novels etc. won’t be able to begin to fathom that a religious newspaper would edit out a picture of a modestly dressed women sitting in a situation room. Their intellect is not capable of digesting such a tidbit that absolutely makes no sense to them so they end up doing what all haters of G-dliness do, they call names. Throwbacks, dark ages, fanatics, chauvinists etc. etc.” These Hasidim are no better then burka wearing turban touting militant Muslim jihadists. It’s simply because there is no more purity or for that matter any shame left in their lives. There are no limitations in their lives, its just do what I want, say what I want and be what I want! The tragic results of such a secular society is the moral morass with which we find ourselves today. It’s a society that has a divorce rate of 50% in large part because of social media like Facebook and indecent image viewing. It’s a society where children are giving birth to children and it’s a society that has completely lost it’s sense of shame and modesty. And the most tragic part of that is that we end up with a world that has lost any vestiges of a moral compass and all we are left with- is my rights, my desires and my needs. But for all those of you that are willing to hear our perspective please give me a second to explain: Let us consider the following analogy: if you were to walk down the street and pass an abandoned house you would probably find a simple “no trespassing sign” posted on the door. it would probably not be safe to walk inside; the floor might be rotted and one misstep could mean injury. But the only warning is this one simple no trespassing sign because the potential damage incurred by entering this house would probably not be catastrophic. On the other hand if you were entering a military nuclear facility you would see warning signs miles before you actually arrived at the site. you would be put on notice well in advance. “Beware! you are are approaching a nuclear missile facility. Authorized personnel only! as you got closer to the facility the warnings would become more alarming and the security even tighter- all in proportion to the potential which your trespassing or G-d forbid a potential terrorist could cause. There would be perimeter after perimeter of security and barrier after barrier buffer zones to protect this all important facility. We have to understand the male and female attraction can be the most enticing draw that can have devastation consequences. Therefore our holy Torah has mandated that we provide ourselves with perimeter after perimeter, barrier after barrier of protection so that there should be no devastating consequences. Was it so necessary to crop out the women in the ‘situation room” photo probably not but in order for us to give an objective opinion we must view this incident in the larger picture of self defense. defense of possible material that might slip through. If we work to understand that pictures of women that are foreign to us need not be viewed then that creates a strength on our part to be able to possibly withstand the temptation to look at more sensuous photos when they do come our way. But if the images of women are simply a part of the fabric of our every day cultural absorption then we have already lost the fight even before it began. We try to hardwire our mindset to deal with temptation even before it lurks in front of us. Are we perfect absolutely not but we try real hard. We set the bar even higher as we continuously strive to better ourselves, our families and the communities we live in. We are not looking for accolades but before you rush to judgment please give us a chance to tell our side of the story. Thank you

    • The only thing you ‘limit’ is women. Stop it.

    • Wow. You wrote a lot but said nothing, except that you champion hatred against women. Imagine if a newspaper edited out photos of Jews b/c it offended the religious sensibilities of Christians or Muslims. Just imagine that. That could be next, and you will have no right to complain since you are championing misogyny.

  8. Before you all run off screaming about the Hasidic Taliban and about Orthodox Jewish “fundamentalist” that are deriding women – please give me a minute to explain why we orthodox jews dont publish pictures of women in general publications. The secular mindset formed by the inundation of explicit images day in and day out from billboards to blackberry’s and on the web, in social media, magazines and romance novels etc. won’t be able to begin to fathom that a religious newspaper would edit out a picture of a modestly dressed women sitting in a situation room. Their intellect is not capable of digesting such a tidbit that absolutely makes no sense to them so they end up doing what all haters of G-dliness do, they call names. Throwbacks, dark ages, fanatics, chauvinists etc. etc.” These Hasidim are no better then burka wearing turban touting militant Muslim jihadists. It’s simply because there is no more purity or for that matter any shame left in their lives. There are no limitations in their lives, its just do what I want, say what I want and be what I want! The tragic results of such a secular society is the moral morass with which we find ourselves today. It’s a society that has a divorce rate of 50% in large part because of social media like Facebook and indecent image viewing. It’s a society where children are giving birth to children and it’s a society that has completely lost it’s sense of shame and modesty. And the most tragic part of that is that we end up with a world that has lost any vestiges of a moral compass and all we are left with- is my rights, my desires and my needs. But for all those of you that are willing to hear our perspective please give me a second to explain: Let us consider the following analogy: if you were to walk down the street and pass an abandoned house you would probably find a simple “no trespassing sign” posted on the door. it would probably not be safe to walk inside; the floor might be rotted and one misstep could mean injury. But the only warning is this one simple no trespassing sign because the potential damage incurred by entering this house would probably not be catastrophic. On the other hand if you were entering a military nuclear facility you would see warning signs miles before you actually arrived at the site. you would be put on notice well in advance. “Beware! you are are approaching a nuclear missile facility. Authorized personnel only! as you got closer to the facility the warnings would become more alarming and the security even tighter- all in proportion to the potential which your trespassing or G-d forbid a potential terrorist could cause. There would be perimeter after perimeter of security and barrier after barrier buffer zones to protect this all important facility. We have to understand the male and female attraction can be the most enticing draw that can have devastation consequences. Therefore our holy Torah has mandated that we provide ourselves with perimeter after perimeter, barrier after barrier of protection so that there should be no devastating consequences. Was it so necessary to crop out the women in the ‘situation room” photo probably not but in order for us to give an objective opinion we must view this incident in the larger picture of self defense. defense of possible material that might slip through. If we work to understand that pictures of women that are foreign to us need not be viewed then that creates a strength on our part to be able to possibly withstand the temptation to look at more sensuous photos when they do come our way. But if the images of women are simply a part of the fabric of our every day cultural absorption then we have already lost the fight even before it began. We try to hardwire our mindset to deal with temptation even before it lurks in front of us. Are we perfect absolutely not but we try real hard. We set the bar even higher as we continuously strive to better ourselves, our families and the communities we live in. We are not looking for accolades but before you rush to judgment please give us a chance to tell our side of the story. Thank you

    • You’ve told your side of the story. It’s bogus. It’s intellectually and morally inconsistent and it rationalizes control in the name of Godliness. Sorry, G_dliness. You’ve taken to heart the wrong parts of the Torah, my friend.

    • HItler used religion and moral values to hide behind, so he could do his works too.

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