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The World According to Men

by Christina AsquithMar 7, 2016

This article was originally published in The Atlantic.

 

A visitor watches a photo of Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus at the Leica exhibition hall during the photo fair Photokina in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Niedringhaus was killed by an Afghan policeman in Afghanistan last April. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

ISTANBUL—For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, women war correspondents were rare creatures—considered intellectual oddities, more likely to be fetishized than taken seriously as news gatherers.

Even as recently as 2002, Vanity Fair was delighting in the exoticism of such women in its story “Girls at the Front,” which profiled the battle-hardened correspondents Christiane Amanpour, Janine di Giovanni, and Marie Colvin. They had sex appeal and well-furnished London homes, and they made up a small brigade of female journalists jetting off to “whatever hellhole leads the news.”

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