There is much breast-beating amongst the usual suspects about the fact that an Orthodox Jewish newspaper deleted all female images from the Situation Room picture the White House issued after bin Laden’s death. Hillary was one of those deleted.
The deletion was technically a violation of federal policy, but given the way in which people have been messing with the photo — everything from party hats to superhero outfits — that’s not the issue, is it? The issue is that the Joos hate women. Actually, they don’t. I wouldn’t want to live the life of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman (’cause I’m not a believer at that level), but the religious rules governing them are a manifestation of true respect and not its opposite number.
But here’s the real deal: a little Jewish newspaper that has no government affiliation can do whatever it wants. This is not the same as a government, complete with government power, demanding that there can be no images of women in the public sphere. If Di Tzeitung deletes female images, it does so for two reasons: (1) principles and (2) knowing its market. It’s allowed to do that, just the way Hustler is allowed to show way too much of women.
When we should be concerned is when Saudi Arabia deletes women, not just from images, but from society altogether; or when China and India delete women by aborting them. Those are big issues. Yet funnily enough, the usual suspects are almost completely silent. Go figure.