Monday, May 9, 2011

No Girls Allowed!

So, let me get this straight: one of the reasons we’re so concerned as a nation with bringing democracy to the great unwashed is to help guide these Middle Eastern countries out of the Middle Ages, to bring them into a world of freedom and tolerance like we enjoy here in the U.S. of A.  One of the constant images we’re shown is of women being nearly completely covered in public.  We marvel at this: how backwards!  How discriminatory!  How much better we have it here in America, where we’re at least working, for the most part, on treating women like equals!

Unfortunately for both the above claims and we as a nation, the newspaper that saw fit to airbrush Secretary of State Clinton out of history is published in…wait for it…Brooklyn.  Dig the explanation/backpedaling, too: “[The newspaper] explained that its readers ‘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.’”

Translated: In the interest of positive public relations, we can’t come right out and say we’d like it better if these uppity bitches kept their skin covered, their legs open, and their eye on the oven, but we can damn well edit them the hell out of our newspaper!

It is chilling to realize how close the dark ages really are to home.  Or, as one commenter on the Yahoo News page linked above bluntly but astutely sums it up, “welcome to the world of tribal retardation.”

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