By Jenni Frazer
May 12, 2011
I have just had a hilarious discussion with a good friend, apropos the great Hillary Clinton airbrushing by not just one but two strictly Orthodox newspapers in New York.
My friend's partner was once employed at a now defunct Charedi newspaper in Israel. The editor, described as very observant but aware of the world, slightly despaired of his readers.
"You see," he said, "they don't read the paper. They study it. And on Shabbes afternoons, they take a magnifying glass to it."
Accordingly, my friend's partner had a singular task on the paper. His job, in the early days of PhotoShop, was judiciously to apply beards to any random young women caught lurking on the edges of a photograph. Better to suggest overwhelming throngs than blank spaces in the crowd.
So now I am fascinated. All those familiar pictures of black hats and beards. Were half of them really women?