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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 08:40 AM

She's Running for New York City Council. But Newspapers Won't Publish Her Photo.


In all but one way, Amber Adler is running a pretty normal campaign for New York city council. She knocks on doors and attends rallies; she campaigns outside of grocery stores and subway stations; she puts posters up across her district and places ads in local newspapers.

But look for a picture of her face in one of those local papers, and youíre not likely to find one. Why not? Because most of the magazines and newspapers in her neighborhood refuse to publish her photo.

Adler, 37, is the first Orthodox Jewish woman to run for city council in her Brooklyn district, which includes ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods scattered throughout Borough Park and Midwood. And as she heads toward her June 22 primary, sheís a victim of a fairly recent trend among Jewish media outlets in Orthodox neighborhoods in the United States: a refusal to publish photographs of women and girls for religious reasons. Which means if Adler wants campaign ads printed in the Jewish news, she canít be in most of them.

For Adler, who is only the second ever Orthodox woman to run for publicly elected office in Brooklyn, the visual gag-order is yet another hurdle in an uphill campaign. She is butting up against expectations that Orthodox women donít assume positions of communal authority and should instead stick to more internal-facing roles.

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Reply She's Running for New York City Council. But Newspapers Won't Publish Her Photo. (Original post)
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Thu Jun 10, 2021, 11:34 AM

1. "Fairly recent trend"

because some people like to be stuck on reverse for some reason. The last US president campaigned on going backwards.

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