Today’s Lady News: Orthodox Jewish Newspaper Explains Airbrushing Women From Situation Room Pic

  • The conservative Hasidic Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn that removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and counterterrorism analyst Audrey Tomason — the only two women in the iconic Situation Room photo of the President watching the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound — has released a statement. Der Zeitung writes:

    “Our editorial policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board and because of laws of modesty, does not allow for the publishing of photos of women. The readership of the Tzeitung believe that women should be appreciated for who they are and what they do, not for what they look like, and the Jewish laws of modesty are an expression of respect for women, not the opposite.”

    You can read the rest of the statement — which apologizes more for altering the White House’s official photograph, which is against policy, than it does for Photoshopping all the women out of the photograph — on the newspaper’s web site. [Der Zeitung]

  • Does Donald Trump have a problem with black women? [The Root]
  • Blogger Amanda Hess on why enjoying the royal wedding (and all the surrounding pomp and circumstance) doesn’t make women dumb. []
  • Is feminism easier to stomach in pop culture when it’s not overt? [Feministing]
  • Ellie Kemper from “Bridesmaids” and “The Office” on “opening the doors” for women in comedy. [Huffington Post]
  • Check out the history of women in the Indy 500! [Yahoo]

This Today’s Lady News was much longer but I am dumb and therefore lost 90 percent of it when the server hiccuped. Better luck tomorrow, I suppose.