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December 13, 2007

Iraqi Policewoman – An Oxymoron


The most telling thing about the photo is not its novelty — visual evidence of Iraq’s last policewomen (at least those allowed to carry a gun).  No, the most significant element is the hierarchy, three women officers subordinate to these male authority figures, even if they’re only on a poster.

And then, with all our leverage, it seems we can do nothing about it.

(image: AP via

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