This is a guest post by Nechama L. discussing binary gender roles in Orthodox Judaism and her experience in this culture as a queer woman and survivor of child sexual abuse.
In the Orthodox Jewish world, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach is (in)famous for writing about sex. The book that started it all, Kosher Sex: A Recipe for Passion and Intimacy, has earned him both fame and consternation. This week he has branched out, addressing the recent controversy over whether speakers who are not explicitly pro-Israel should be invited to speak at Hillels, centers for Jewish community and religious observance on college campuses. While he focuses on Israeli politics, he also works his views on gender, feminism, and homosexuality into his article: Continue reading