Monday, September 22, 2008

Social-issues comment of the day

From this post by Harry Maryles:

"Reb Harry, I'm hardly a feminist but when some chareidim appear to justify the physical attack on Mrs. Shear [for refusing to move to the back of a bus that was not officially designated a separate-seating bus] , the home invasion and beating of that formerly chareidi divorcée in Jerusalem, the spraying of bleach and acid on women for wearing "untznius" clothing [in one case, a 14-year-old girl was sprayed in the eyes with bleach for wearing modestly-loose pants and a short-sleeved tee-shirt], concert bans to prevent sexual intermingling, and now, a Kremlinesque erasure of women from photographs, storefronts [see DovBear's posts about the wig store boycotted for displaying headshots of modestly-dressed bewigged women in its window] and newspapers, I have to conclude that many in the chareidi community have some serious issues with women.

I don't think that chareidiville is necessarily misogynist, since little boys [see the many posts decrying child sexual abuse in yeshivot and Jewish camps] and critical thinkers [see the ban against Rabbi Slifkin's Torah and science books] are also singled out for abuse. Including molestation it's interesting how so many of the pathologies are clustered around the issue of sex.
Bozoer Rebbe Homepage 09.22.08 - 11:39 am #

Related post (in which you'll find links to posts or articles concerning some of the incidents or issues mentioned above).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you live in America, you get desensitized to human flesh, and it's not a big deal. The less exposed you are to it, the more it IS a big deal... they have created a culture of sexual perversion in their over-obsession with modesty.

Until becoming BT, I never knew adults who seemed to find young teenagers (13 - 15) sexually attractive, barring the occasional "mature" looking 15 year old... Now I find plenty of people who think that it's normal to be aroused by a 14 year old in shorts at the mall.

Tue Sep 23, 02:50:00 PM 2008  

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