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Women in Israel
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:52:28 AM »
http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/10/22/239347445/ultra-orthodox-towns-election-puts-gender-rules-to-the-test

I heard this news story on NPR yesterday.  It's about a town in Israel where orthodox women are defying norms by running for town council. 

I know I don't really know what life is like over there, but I tend to have the impression of Israel as a pretty progressive, advanced place.  I've always been particularly impressed that decades ago they elected a female Prime Minister (Golda Meir), whereas so many nations--the USA most conspicuously--have not done so yet. 

But this news story points out that even in such a modern nation, religious norms still serve to oppress.  They even made women sit in the back of the bus!  The more I learn about orthodox Judaism the more it infuriates me.  It may not breed the same kind of violence as fundamentalist Islam--at least, not at the moment--but it is as backwards and oppressive in many ways. 

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Re: Women in Israel
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2013, 10:59:53 AM »
Wasn't their first PM a woman?

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Re: Women in Israel
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2013, 01:58:31 PM »
They even made women sit in the back of the bus!  The more I learn about orthodox Judaism the more it infuriates me.  It may not breed the same kind of violence as fundamentalist Islam--at least, not at the moment--but it is as backwards and oppressive in many ways.

they try to enforce their stupid rules everywhere.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/20/nyregion/bus-segregation-of-jewish-women-prompts-review.html?_r=0
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/nyregion/hasidic-jews-turn-up-pressure-on-city-to-accommodate-their-traditions.html

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Re: Women in Israel
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2013, 09:46:25 AM »
In a lot of ways some in Israel treat women the same as Islam does.  Seems that Abraham should have killed both sons and we might not be dealing with all this BS today.
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Re: Women in Israel
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2013, 03:08:52 PM »
Wasn't their first PM a woman?

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David Ben-Gurion was trans?

Whoa... who knew?  :o

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Re: Women in Israel
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2013, 04:25:40 PM »
Wasn't their first PM a woman?

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David Ben-Gurion was trans?

Whoa... who knew?  :o



I was thinking of Golda Meir, my bad.

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