'God Tells Women, Enjoy Yourself First': The Educator Fomenting an Orthodox Sexual Revolution

Dr. Michal Prins, founder of the Center for Jewish Intimacy, urges Israel's Orthodox community to reexamine the boundaries of its sexuality and be receptive to a more open discourse. She’s also not afraid to discuss the prohibition on touching. Just don’t say that there's no feminism in her world

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Dr. Michal Prins.
Dr. Michal Prins.Credit: Emil Salman
Shirley Gal
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“In the state religious school system there’s a time of the year that I call the ‘papilloma season,’” says Michal Prins, who studies sexuality among the religiously observant, referring to a virus commonly spread via sexual activity. “Every year, an announcement arrives from school about the possibility of being vaccinated against it and suddenly social media is flooded with discussions about ‘whether to be vaccinated,’ ‘what does being vaccinated say about girls if they are not engaging in sexual relations in any case?’ ‘Why now?’ Go try to tell them how it works. There is a great deal of silence around it.

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