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Your WTF Gender Debacle for the Day

I feel totally out of the loop.  Here’s the scoop:

1) Last week a photo was also released showing the President and his top advisors getting briefed on the capture and death of Osama bin laden.  Compared to the relative stoicism displayed by the men in the picture, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton covered her mouth. 

Nothing of great importance, don’t you think?  Or maybe it just brings depth to her character – an iconic photo to remember the shock we all felt when the announcement was made.  I know I probably made some similar gesture, along with my boyfriend.

You’re apparently wrong, according to some media outlets who claimed Clinton had staged the photo for shock value.  The media responded with great hoopla, forcing her to have to defend her gesture as a cough – a fit of spring allergies:

“Those were 38 of the most intense minutes. I have no idea what any of us were looking at that particular millisecond when the picture was taken…I am somewhat sheepishly concerned that it was my preventing one of my early spring allergic coughs. So, it may have no great meaning whatsoever.”

In an article responding to the controversy, MSNBC reported the pollen count for D.C., and concluded by offering no-fuss ways to fight allergies this season.  WTH?

Maya from Feministing explains the weight of Clinton having to defend herself, yet again, for her hormonally-enduced antics:

But would that gesture seem uniquely emotional if she weren’t one of the only women in the room? I don’t know. But I have a hunch that there wouldn’t be so many articles written analyzing that gesture if it were Biden who was making it.

2) When the photo was reprinted in Der Tzitung, an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper, however, both Clinton and the lesser-known woman peeking in the door were erased!

Cam Martin comments from The Good Men Project:

Well, Der Tzitung, an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper, eliminated the question for its readers in a unique way: The newspaper Photoshopped Clinton out of the picture it ran on its front page. Why? Because Clinton is a woman and—as Jezebel reports—“the religious newspaper never publishes pictures of women, as they could be considered ‘sexually suggestive.’”

Why even publish a newspaper if you’re basically ignoring one half of the world’s population? If Hillary Clinton were running against Condoleezza Rice for president, and the two of them had a presidential debate, would Der Tzitung run a picture of two lecterns? Lecterns, you know, can be rather sexually suggestive.

I just have to ask, if Clinton had won the election, would they just decide to ignore US politics?  Or would they just publish pictures of empty podiums?

 

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