ToI reports on the case:
The Israeli military said Sunday that it has disciplined a group of female soldiers who posed on their base for provocative photos in underwear and posted the images on Facebook.The case received some international attention. We, the Elders, decided to apply our expertise in the matter and analyzed the photo in question:
Here are our conclusions and instructions for CoS:
- The picture is of low quality, obviously taken by a hand-held smartphone. IDF should ensure availability of better equipment.
- Composition of the picture could be improved, placing the participants at better angles and avoiding unnecessary clutter in the background (trash bin etc).
- The lighting conditions hadn't been considered in advance, further harming the quality of the shot. A point for IDF to consider: having an expert photographer on hand.
- The base's cleanliness could be improved. Although there are means for garbage disposal (above mentioned trash bin and another one in the background), there are some signs of trash under a building on the right.
- The base is guarded, as can be proven by an armed figure in the background, so no fault in this respect.
- Aside of the standard uniform trousers and shirts, it looks like IDF didn't provide the soldiers with standard underwear items, such as G-strings, bras etc. Notice to the General Staff - the matter should be considered for speedy implementation. IDF must instill standards in all aspects of soldiering.
P.S. More of the female military assets for the restless:
Update: another day, another article. And it brings more material for analysis:
We will analyze this one in detail too, time allowing. Meanwhile only one remark: since the rifles in question are unloaded as per standing orders, everything in the picture seems to be ship-shape.
And another article, where its author, Mira Sucharov, asks a few hard an pertinent questions, like:
Women wielding positions of force and strength exert a complex admixture of loving and loathing on the part of a patriarchal society. On one hand is the desire to keep women subservient, and on the other is an erotic pull towards experiencing, and ultimately confronting, female power.Hmm... er... mmm... well, I think yes, in general, objectification is definitely a beast, but let us mull on it a bit more, OK?
All this leads me to ask whether these camera-posing IDF women are simply feeding the beast of objectification, or doing something much more subversive—namely, taking the age-old problem of objectification of women, appropriating it, and turning it on its head for all to see and examine?