Sexuality

Victoria's Secret, Shabbos Walks, and Interrogating Rape Cultures

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Couple and their shadows holding hands photo

I love guerilla feminism. And I love that this group of feminists from Baltimore used online guerilla feminism to critique Victoria's Secret and promote consent. And I’m not the only one who loves this stuff! I love the celebration of consent. I love the celebration of bodies. I love the way in which the campaign directly connects the concept of consent to our bodies—by putting it on underwear—showing that to touch my body, you need my consent.

In Celebration of Our Bodies...and Our Unique Wiring

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Red Flower Photo
Our Bodies Ourselves

In case you haven’t heard, Naomi Wolf just came out with a new book, Vagina: A New Biography, and it just might change your life.

Teaching Sex Ed to Young Modern Orthodox Women

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Condoms Photo

In the years I attended Modern Orthodox day schools, I received close to zero sex education. Aside from one class period in the sixth grade dedicated to menstruation and a week during my senior year devoted to learning the laws of Neidah (Jewish ritual purity laws relating to menstruation), I remained in the dark about reproduction and sexual health, as well as about how they related to my identity as a young Jewish woman.

Of Peonies & Penises: Anita Steckel’s Legacy

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Anita Steckel-- Untitled photo taken from "Time Out NY," courtesy The Artist and Mitchell Algus Gallery
Anita Steckel - Poster for 1973 exhibit

Anita Steckel was 82 when she died last March. But Anita, her many fans would insist, was way younger than most of us will ever be.

Backing up birth control, and each other

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Birth Control

In an ironic, but perhaps unplanned turn of events, this year's Back Up Your Birth Control Day of Action comes the day after the premiere

Without apology: The atonement stops here

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Birth Control

For a few semesters in college, I was a Peer Health Sex Educator.

Jaclyn Friedman speaks out against slut-shaming and victim blaming at Slutwalk

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Jaclyn Friedman

Jaclyn Friedman is a 'Jewess with Attitude' who talks the talk and walks the walk -- the Slutwalk, that is. Jaclyn Friedman, founder and the Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, is a powerful voice in the current Feminist movement. Co-author of Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, she is particularly concerned with tearing down rape culture.

Glee's sexy cover as a "teachable moment"

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Glee on the cover of GQ magazine

I am such a Gleek. So naturally I was fascinated by the uproar caused by the risque, but let’s just face it crazy-hot, GQ photo shoot that Leah blogged about here.

Jewish girls of "Glee" gone wild?

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Glee on the cover of GQ magazine

Earlier this week, Glee's Diana Agron and Lea Michele were on the cover of GQ with co-star Cory Monteith in what can only be described as a hypersexualized spread.  Diana Agron plays popular cheerleader Quinn Fabray.  Lea Michele plays the know-it-all Jewish girl Rachel Berry. Both actresses are Jewish. (We have blogged about Jewishness on Glee here and here.)

Vampire Mania: Paying tribute to the original "vamp"

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Theda Bara

We are a country in the grips of vampire mania.

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