This Is What Happens When You Search Photo Archives For Pictures Of Female Soldiers

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1. If you search for “military” “women” on the photo wires, this is the first picture to come up, from a military base in Crimea, Ukraine.

Thomas Peter / Reuters

2. There is also this picture, to illustrate a story about exemptions from military service for Orthodox Jews in Israel.

Ronen Zvulun / Reuters

3. Then this pops up.


4. And this.


5. Also this.


All three ran with the caption: “Two women in military clothes and sunglasses army girls on gray background.”

6. There are some other pictures interspersed, like this one of a bombing in Syria.

Stringer / Reuters

7. And this, from South Africa, after the late Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

Rogan Ward / Reuters

8. And then it goes back to this.


9. A search for “female” “soldiers” starts off more promisingly. This picture comes up first, of women training at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File

10. It’s followed by this. Caption: “Female legs of army soldier isolated on white. Military woman. Studio shot.”


11. And then this. Caption: “Attractive woman soldier with futuristic gun and scary ghost.”


12. That is followed by this picture, with the caption: “Young beautiful female soldier dressed in a camouflage with a gun in the location.”


13. Here is the “young beautiful female soldier dressed in a camouflage” pointing a gun.


14. That nine-photo series is followed by one centered on this. Because why not?


15. Who really needs a picture of actual women serving in the military. Who?


16. Good job, guys.


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