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September 16, 2013

No Photos by Women Photojournalists In Syria & Brown Miss America Freak Out: 2 Reasons BuzzFeed Starting to Piss Me Off

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It’s getting very tiresome seeing the buzz media preying on hate. Say what you will about the Miss America pageant, this is a significant picture — and one more, in an increasing mosaic of milestones, that makes us stronger. Of course the first Indian-American MA is going to incite some people — especially  the way the photo literally conveys valued cultural hardware passing down from white to brown. The fact is, however, that American is browning and to the extent the image pays credit to the melting pot, it should be celebrated. (Here, by the way, is the full post comprised mostly of fulminating tweets. …And if you’re looking for something to vent about, there’s always Miss Kansas —  in the “war on terror” cammo. )

Women Journalists Covering Syria Buzzfeed

I guess the question is, why hasn’t BF noticed?

I understand from the article (yeah, read that too) that women journalists tend to hang to the background more than their self-promoting male counterparts. So maybe that’s the point of this photo? showing a pair of women more as wallpaper as the man shoots his thing off. But then, if women are getting so little attention for covering the hell, why replicate the oversight? Here was a perfect opportunity to show us a women or multiple women journalists, for goddsakes, actually covering the war in Syria — though I understand it might have taken about a minute to find one.  Short of that (and with all due respect to Mr. Salman who shot the photo for Reuters), you could have run a photo from Syria — just to start you off: 1234 – actually taken by a female photojournalist, no?

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