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Sunday, December 8 • 2:00pm - 2:55pm
'Slut!' The Shame Effect

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Girls and women in the Orthodox community are taught to guard their bodies from the male gaze, conform to implicit and explicit dress codes and to physically embody the values of tzniut and modesty. There is a narrow line between preaching the sanctity of modesty and creating a culture that actively shames girls and women who explore their sexuality through relationships, behavior and clothing. This session will discuss the phenomenon of slut shaming and its manifestation in the Orthodox community.

Moderators
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Dasi Fruchter

Student, Yeshivat Maharat
Dasi Fruchter, a student at Yeshivat Maharat, thrives on spiritual leadership, community building, and faith-driven social justice work. In addition to her seminary studies, Dasi is a student at NYU and a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar, pursuing an MPA at the Wagner School for Public Service and an MA in Judaic Studies. Dasi, who has organized for economic justice in New York, Washington D.C., London, and Israel, is a presenter on... Read More →

Speakers
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Laila Goodman

Laila Goodman has been a high school educator since 1985, first as a public school teacher and for the bulk of her career in independent schools. Since 2005, she has worked at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham Massachusetts. She is currently the Dean of Students, teaches Biology and also leads a liberal minyan and a meditation group. She also teaches tefillah at the religious school of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester... Read More →
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Rachel Hercman

Rachel Hercman, LCSW is a psychotherapist specializing in sexual health, dating and relationships. She earned undergraduate degrees in History and Education from CUNY Queens College and a Master of Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University. She currently works at the Medical Center for Female Sexuality, a medical center in the tri-state area dedicated to helping women achieve a healthier, more satisfying sex life... Read More →
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Leora Tanenbaum

Leora Tanenbaum is the author of four books on girls’ and women’s lives. Her work on slut-shaming, Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation, is a staple in sociology and gender/women’s studies courses. She is a popular lecturer and media commentator on issues ranging from women’s roles in religious communities to the allure of high-heeled shoes. Her newest book, She Is Not a Slut, an update on slut-shaming in the... Read More →


Sunday December 8, 2013 2:00pm - 2:55pm
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Attendees (33)