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Bopping in the Balkans, part 2

by Lawrence Bush To read part 1, click here. WE’RE NOW IN VELENJE, an old Slovenian mining town rebuilt as “a socialist miracle, a town in a park” by Marshal Tito’s government between 1959 and 1964. I listened here yesterday morning to my wife’s keynote talk at the International Dance Pedagogy Conference. Susan spoke slowly and passionately to these English-as-second-language Slovenians about […]

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February 24: Queer Theory and Anti-Zionism

Judith Butler, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors who is one of American academia’s most ardent critics of Israel and Zionism and a leading queer theorist, was born in Cleveland on this date in 1956. “Gender Trouble, published in 1990, made Butler a star,” writes Molly Fischer in New York magazine. “It introduced ‘performativity,’ the idea […]

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The Importance of Gender Politics

The Millennial Generation Gets Behind a Radical Issue by Ilana Masad From the Spring 2016 issue of Jewish Currents THIS IS AN ESSAY about gender. But first, a brief foray into pop culture: Late in 1990, in the second season of David Lynch’s TV show, Twin Peaks, David Duchovny entered the scene as Drug Enforcement […]

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OpEdge: Who is Black? Who is a Woman? Who is a Jew?

by Marc JampoleAS A JEW, I come to the current controversies over who is a woman and who is an African-American with a special perspective. The defining of who is a Jew has haunted the Jewish religion, culture, race, and/or nation for millennia. Internally, Jewish courts have long enforced the concept that religious identification comes […]

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Mirror and Enigma: Tales from the Talmud

by Susan Reimer-Torn Illustration, “Many Hands,” by D. Yael Bernhard I GREW UP IN A DIFFERENT WORLD than did Lawrence Bush, who has edited Jewish Currents for the past dozen years. He, like many of JC’s readers, was raised as a secular, leftist, socially conscious Jew, suspicious of religion and its well-chronicled abuses. I grew […]

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November 17: Ruth Harriet Bleier and Gender Studies

Ruth Harriet Bleier, author of two essential books of women’s studies, Science and Gender: A Critique of Biology and Its Theories on Women (1984) and Feminist Approaches to Science (1986), was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania on this date in 1923. Bleier was a physician in Maryland who publicly supported civil rights in the 1950s, […]

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January 6: The Back of the Bus

Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled on this date in 2011 that mehadrin bus lines run by public bus companies, which force gender segregation and other religious codes of dress and behavior, are unlawful. “A public transportation company (like any other person) cannot say, ask or order women where to sit on a bus simply because […]

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March 15: The Gender Outlaw

Kate Bornstein, a transsexual writer, actor and television personality who is a self-described “gender terrorist,” was born a male in Neptune, New Jersey on this date in 1948. Bornstein underwent sex-reassignment surgeries in 1985-86 and has written six books since, including Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (1994); My Gender Workbook: […]

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Historical Learnin’ Part 3: Stealing Jewish Women

by Alyssa Goldstein In my last two posts in this series, I’ve invited everyone to join me on my senior thesis adventure of discussing the role of individual bodies within Zionism, which sets up a way of understanding the current Israeli anti-miscegenation movement. In case you were thinking to yourself, after reading my last blog […]

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