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A respectful photo of Obama’s transsexual nanny living in a slum in Indonesia (and an equally dignified and exemplary caption).
via: SacBee photos
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What makes the TIME “Person of the Year” cover as good as it is?
1. It’s a woman! — because the protests have also been phenomenal on gender terms … and speaking truth to testosterone.
2. …And, how often has a woman even been TIME’s “Person of the Year?” (Or, “Man of the Year,” till ‘99. More below.)
3. She’s threatening but she’s not. (Eyes vs. mask. Left eye vs. right eye.)
4. It’s truly international. If she pulls for Middle Eastern, the background skews heavily domestic. But then, we’re a melting pot, right?
5. TIME gets to do the “You” choice again, but this time — nothing like some hard times to put a dent in the narcissism — it’s all about “us.”
6. The design, especially the graphical inlay in the kerchief, riffs off TIME’s Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE 2008 Person of the Year cover. The take-away: Obama has lost the spark and the message to the kids and the street.
Update: A few people have asked how I know it’s a woman. I also think part of the cleverness of the cover is that the figure might be a male. One reason is that the illustration skews so strongly female, including the two figures inset in the kerchief (forehead and bottom, center) and the figure top right just off the hat. The most definitive graphic signifier, however, are the eyelashes.
Note on TIME’s “women of the year”: If I’ve got my math right, I count only 3 identifiable “women of the year” out of the 84 selections, the last being Corazon Aquino in ‘86. Of course, this year’s cover is “generic,” similar to how women, more lately, have been included as part of a group, if in an more token way (including “Bill Gates’ wife” as 3rd wheel in ‘05, or the woman soldier in ‘03. Otherwise, “women of the year” have been given the nod as part of their own group — see “The Whistleblowers” in ‘02 or “Women of the Year” in ‘75. This link has the collection in one tidy place. (illustration credit: Shepard Fairey)
Bag’s Take-Away:Talk about the glass cieling… Profiling the most powerful women in business — worldwide — you’re telling me FORTUNE couldn’t come up with a real face??? Hold onto your handbag!
Bag’s Take-Away:If you read Linkins’ take (and I love his comparison to the old Greenspan cover and the boys club double-standard), you do have to worry how much a gunky, pot-shot tableau of dripping hate is sympathetic to Elizabeth Warren vs. how much it’s a conditional way to further frame her (as long as she “sticks around”) as a primary target … and a cartoon.
(creative director: Richard Turley)
Arab Spring meets Fashion Week? I’ve been seeing this pic all over the news galleries and it’s rubbing me the wrong way. Call it the latest attempt by Western media to resist the uniform-ity of the burka.
(photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP caption: Female anti-government protestors attend a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis are pressing their demand for the country’s longtime ruler to step down. Wednesday’s crowds in the capital Sanaa and elsewhere are also denouncing a deadly munitions factory blast that killed at least 100 people in the country’s south.