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    • Anthony
    • 22.04.14 | 16:17 (IDT)

    We all adopt certain standards of modesty and there is nothing wrong with one sector of society adopting a more stringent or restrictive standard than another. The problem arises when one sector of society seeks to compel another to adopt its standards. That is religious oppression and should be rejected and prevented. However, it is far-fetched to condemn standards of modesty that are stricter than the author's on the grounds that they are psychologically harmful per se. Most ultra-orthadox women (I can also quote many that I know or speak to) are very comfortable with their bodies and self-images and have healthy, happy sex lives (within marriage of course). It is not, as the author implies, psychologically harmful to cover up body parts. I am not ashamed of my penis just becuase I adopt society's norm of concealing it in public. Further, body parts don't assume "Jewish" status just because they are covered up - I don't believe there is any rigorous support for this headline-grabbing notion. In its attempt to find a new attention-grabbing feminist angle, the article misses the main problem in Bet Shemesh - the ultra-orthodox seeking to impose their standards on others in public places.

    from the article: Which part of a Jewish woman's body is 'Jewish'- and is it modest enough?
    First published 11:53 21.04.14 | Last updated 11:53 21.04.14
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