The Sexist Photo of Israel’s New Minister of Justice
As a general rule, I try not to post anything about politics. But today I’m making an exception since I feel like a JewishMOM has been put down, and that makes me angry.
This week the newly-appointed Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, proposed controversial legislation which was the subject of a huge headline on the cover of Israel’s largest paper, Yediot Achronot, this morning.
Left-wing Yediot doesn’t like right-wing Shaked. So next to the headline they posted a blurry, dark photo of her which makes her look like my 17-year-old daughter’s classmate.
Yediot’s not-so-subtle message? Our new Minister of Justice, a 39-year-old mother of two, is in fact nothing but a stupid little girl!
Whether or not we see eye to eye with Ayelet Shaked politically, among those familiar with her work she is widely respected as a serious, sincere, and intelligent person and politician.
In 2012 she won the Abramowitz Israeli Prize for Media Criticism and was included in the Globes list of Israel’s 50 most influential women.
In 2013, Shaked ranked 1st as outstanding Knesset Member for the summer session by the Knesset Channel.
In 2014, Shaked ranked 2nd as outstanding Knesset Member for the winter session by the Knesset Channel.
Just because she’s a woman (and worse yet, a very pretty woman!) doesn’t mean she’s stupid or inexperienced or immature.
Here are some other photos of Shaked which would have been far more suitable choices for Yediot’s cover today…
Yediot, your choice of photo is not only inappropriate. It’s sexist. Shame on you!