Samantha Kuperberg is a queer, Jewish, pro-choice feminist. She is originally from California, and currently lives in New York. In addition to fighting the patriarchy, she enjoys tap dancing, volleyball, and studying American Sign Language.
Growing up, my discomfort derived from the separate-but-equal mentality I found inherent within a mechitza service. Sometimes, the mechitza is a balcony (women in the back, men in the front). Sometimes, the Torah and the service-leader are only on the men’s side. Even in the more forward-thinking mechitza services that I’ve attended, there are still areas in which women may not lead. As an outspoken queer feminist, mechitzas make me uncomfortable... to say the least.