For Continuity’s Sake? Dealing with Hookup Community in Jewish Young People Organizations

For Continuity’s Sake? Dealing with Hookup Community in Jewish Young People Organizations

By Madeline Canfield, Lila Goldstein, Ellanora Lerner, Lilah Peck, Maddy Pollack, and Dahlia SoussanEdited by Rebecca Lengthy

Through the April 2020 climbing sounds digital escape, we located our selves firing impassioned emails into a Zoom cam. After per year in our fellowship, we were always texting one another longer analyses of our own extremely un-feminist each and every day experiences.

Within a few minutes, our very own dialogue took a clearly individual and resonant change: most of us got spent amount of time in change, traditional, and pluralistic Jewish youngsters groups, the nucleus of Jewish personal teenage knowledge of united states. We’d produced observe to the widespread heteronormative hookup culture and hyper-sexualization they promote. Once we provided individual anecdotes, all of our anger switched toward the hypocrisy of childhood teams that knowingly maintain a sexist society despite current to nourish youthful Jews and drive Jewish continuity.

Youth teams were revered as a catalyst for younger people’s contribution within the Jewish upcoming, although harmful behavior condoned within these areas, similar to severe misogyny in years past, stays mainly unaddressed.

It’s an unbarred secret that many of the social communications and techniques normalized, even lauded, inside the enclave of young people groups fly inspite of the wider #MeToo period. Across our very own various youngsters groups and areas, we’ve experienced different signs of pervading sexual force: milling becoming thought to be the actual only real acceptable technique girls and boys to cohabit the dancing floors; sisterhood occasions in which babes spend the first couple of several hours talking specifically about boys, who sometimes arrive unannounced wanting the girls to fawn over them and sit dutifully in their laps; seedy tunes that slut-shame ladies while deriding prudishness; and chants that celebrate sexual escapades and dangerous masculinity. Continue reading “For Continuity’s Sake? Dealing with Hookup Community in Jewish Young People Organizations”