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Male Photographers Are Now Banned from the Women's Side

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
It seems London has been the first to take the logical next steps of the extreme approach to tzniyus and gender-segregation in the Haredi community.
The rabbonim of London, whomever they are, are concerned about the horrible breach in tzniyus in having male photographers photographing the women at events like weddings, et al and are calling for a ban/prohibition against it.
The union of haredi rabbis has called on baalei simcha and event planners for womens conferences and shows to plan in advance to have female photographers to photograph the women or to not photograph at all.
source: Kikar
In the haredi communities of Israel, such as Bnei Braq and Jerusalem, it is not uncommon for people to have female photographers on the womens side of the mechitza, but I have not heard of it being institutionalized like this or having male photographers explicitly prohibited.
And the truth is, I don't blame them. It is just taking the existing approach and applying it naturally and logically in more and more situations. It matters not that until now all the frum communities had no problem with it.
I think they would also have to regulate the photography companies. It would be inappropriate to hire a photographer that employs both male and female photographers how can they possibly work together?? They would have to hire one company with male photographers for the men's side, and another company of only female photographers for the women's side.
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