I Am Woman. Hear Me Silenced?


am woman, hear me roar, in numbers to great to ignore, lala la …

Does anyone remember the Helen Reddy song I am woman that was released circa 1971? It became a rallying anthem for empowered women. The other day I was reminded of these lyrics when viewing the You Tube clip, a little further down below, which features some rather extraordinary women who had their fair share of important things to say.

If 2011 was the year when the humble tub of “cottage” motivated social change in Israel then 2012 is fast becoming the year that Jewish women raise their voices and express their dissatisfaction when it comes to being relegated to second class citizenship.

Read the complete article in The Times of Israel:


1 thought on “I Am Woman. Hear Me Silenced?

  1. Okay, this is going to sound really sexist, but why is it that I can sleep with a woman, see her naked, but I can’t hear her singing? Does moaning count? This has got to be one of the most inane, thoroughly ridiculous and anti-male, yes, anti-male, delusional, archaic and retrograde rules ever thought up by some group of religious bigots suffering from an incurable case of priapism. It is akin to the argument that Moslem males make for their women to be covered up but for their eyes cause the sight of a nude ankle will cause the men to go into a sexual frenzy and force them to mount a three year old girl and rape her inumerable times because they can’t help themselves cause they’re led around by their erections. It is the same sexist and deviant argument that created the unfortunate stigma of a seperation for men and women in an orthodox synagogue and at the Western Wall cause it was thought that a man, engrossed in prayer, would not be able to communicate with the almighty if a pretty woman was standing next to him. Well, duh, if he was truly praying, then he shouldn’t be dreaming of throwing the woman next to him over the pew and ravishing her! I don’t know about anyone else, but I haven’t been to synagogue in years and one of my main objections was that I couldn’t sit with my own daughter. I don’t mind it, really, at the Kotel, cause I do go there to pray, but I don’t see why there can’t be men and women together-aren’t we all Jews, or are women less Jewish then men?
    I find this all medieval nonsense, like shaving a married woman’s head-that was to prevent them being raped by making them appear unattractive to anyone but their husbands in the middle ages-who needs that Mickey Mouse stuff now? Why can’t a woman read from the Torah anytime-does anyone know if she’s menstruating, or care? Why can’t a woman wear pants-are pockets sinful? It would sure make a lot of women’s backs a lot healthier instead of shlepping around heavy bags. Judaism has survived because of adaptability not anachronism. It’s way past time for a women’s Haskala that would liberate them and their men as well.
    By the way, do you think that Moses covered his ears and walked away when Miriam and the women sang and played their timbrels when the Egyptians drowned or did they dance with their wives and girlfriends and have a hell of a party?


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