Saturday, 14 May 2011

Feminist mag cuts men from Situation Room photo

Situation Room photograph as it appeared in feminist magazine, Ms.andrist, with all men expunged.
More telling than any headline amidst the recent maelstrom of media, was the White House Situation Room image, showing President Obama and key national security officials watching a brief on Osama bin Laden's killing. In the June issue of ultra-radical, hardcore feminist magazine Ms.andrist, however, the photo is reproduced with all attending males photoshopped out (original shown below).

Original Situation Room photograph. Credit: AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza.
In keeping with the publication’s policy of not printing images of men due to “society’s ingrained culture of phalloppression”, only Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason, director of counterterrorism remain.

According to Ms.andrist editor, Esther Beard, “all news organisations report a particular version of the truth and this practice naturally extends to the selection and presentation of images. Female politicians are routinely cropped from newspaper photos of significant events; beauty magazines retouch images of women beyond recognition to appeal to some grotesque male ideal. We aim to go part way to addressing the balance.”

“No doubt you’ll embellish this interview with some element of spin to align with your employer’s agenda,” she added with a distinctly militant tone.

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