Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Sexism and the Associated Press

The Associated Press proves that it's an old boys network, out of touch with modern sensibilities.

In this photo of incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, the AP made sure to mention who made the suit she was wearing and what color it was. Apparently it's important to point out what powerful people are wearing and who the desinger is -- at least if they're women. Men, on the other hand, don't even rate a mention of the color of their ties.

Why is it important to mention who made Pelosi's suit. Particularly in an AP photo. I could understand if the photo ran in a fashion magazine, then the caption would be perfectly fine. But the AP is a general news organization. It doesn't mention what male politicians are wearing, so why do it with women?

Can you say Double Standard?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Lange Internment Photos Unearthed

Nearly 800 rarely -- if ever -- seen photos by Dorothea Lange have been unearthed in the National Archives. The photos, from the winter of 1942, cover the roundup and internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II by the US government.

According to The New York Times:

Lange’s work unflinchingly illustrates the reality of life during this extraordinary moment in American history when about 110,000 people were moved with their families, sometimes at gunpoint, into horse stalls and tar-paper shacks where they endured brutal heat and bitter cold, filth, dust and open sewers.

There's also a book, titled "Impounded" that features many of the "lost" photos.