Monday, January 14, 2008
Orthodox Sex in New York City
Here is an interesting article, Shomer Negiah in the City, by Matthue Roth. It deals with his experiences with the Orthodox singles scene in New York and the fact that, despite the taboos in Orthodox Judaism against touching a member of the opposite gender, let alone to have sex with them, there is a thriving hook up culture amongst young Orthodox singles. What I love about this article is that it is blunt and hard hitting but at the same time it is not voyeuristic nor is it an attack against Orthodoxy. The author is an Orthodox Jew, who is defending Jewish practice and criticizing those who choose to be lax in certain areas. I think that those who write in the Haredi press could learn a lesson from this article on how to write about Judaism. The Haredi world has a habit of trying to dodge tough issues, like with the Kolko scandal for example. This leads to the accusation, often quite justified, that they are unwilling to face up to issues within their community. Furthermore by not being willing to face up to certain issues they leave the field open to those in the secular world, who will gladly air out all of our dirty laundry for us.