Erasing Women (or, Where Are the Women? Der Tzitung edition)

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You may have already read about the newspaper Der Tzitung, which excised Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason from a White House photograph because of a religious aversion to printing photographs of women. The paper apologized “if this was seen as offensive” and said that the policy was based on concerns about modesty, not disparagement of women. (Story here and pictures here.)

But if modesty were the only concern, the women could have been blurred or blotted out of the picture in a way that made clear the picture had been altered. Instead, the paper appears to have filled in the empty spaces, reconstructing an entire half of a man’s body that wasn’t visible in the original picture. This gives the impression that the photo was not altered and that there were simply no women present.

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