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Live Nude Girls Unite!

The Lusty Lady strip club in San Francisco unionized on this date in 1996, with the peep-show dancers voting 57-15 to join SEIU Local 90, following a strike and a lock-out. One of the strippers, Julia Query, a Jewish woman, made a documentary film (with Vicky Funari) in 2000, Live Nude Girls Unite!, which told the story […]

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The Last Resort: Sex and the Retirement Home

by Albert Vorspan I WAS SURPRISED to read in the New York Times on July 13th that a very respected retirement home, the Hebrew Home in Riverdale, had developed a policy encouraging sexual relations among its residents, irrespective of age or medical condition. They are encouraging sexual intimacy, the article said, and even put “Do […]

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Sex for Seniors and Juniors

by Dusty Sklar Discussed in this essay: Scary Old Sex, by Arlene Heyman. Bloomsbury Press, 2016, 240 pages. IN HER DEBUT collection of short stories, Scary Old Sex, Arlene Heyman, a 74-year-old writer, has created characters, old and young, who are not the teeniest bit scared of sex. A Manhattan psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Heyman writes […]

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John Turturro’s Sensitivity to Jewish Culture

In Fading Gigolo, Turturro Accomplished What Many Jewish Directors Have Not by Rabbi Elliot B. Gertel IF I COULD SUGGEST a special Oscar category, it would be for a film director from outside the Jewish community who successfully makes movies appreciative of Jewish life and Jewish values. In such a category, the best picture would […]

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Politics and Sex: What’s Really at Stake?

by Myriam Miedzian and Gary Ferdman ON NOVEMBER 5th, CONSPICUOUS BY THEIR ABSENCES on the New York City ballot were Eliot Spitzer, defeated in his bid to be the Democratic candidate for City Comptroller, and Anthony Wiener, who garnered only 5 percent of the primary vote for mayor. Meanwhile, across the country in San Diego, […]

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October 20: Dr. Joyce Brothers

America’s first media psychologist, Dr. Joyce Brothers (née Bauer), was born in Brooklyn on this date in 1927. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1952, and became nationally known three years later by becoming the only woman to win the top prize on television’s $64,000 Question quiz show. Brothers wrote a daily newspaper advice […]

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April 26: Gypsy Rose Lee

Striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee (born Ellen June Hovick, renamed Rose Louise when her younger sister was born and given the name Ellen) died at 56 on this date in 1970. In the 1930s she became a burlesque queen at Minsky’s Burlesque, where she was arrested several times in police raids. In 1937 and ’38 […]

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