Category Archives: Laz’s Lazy Sundays

Srugim Season 3

Word on the street is that this is the last season 😦

While I don’t want to include any spoilers, I’ve been following it on YouTube. This season has shied away from what was promising to be a show that dealt with a lot of gender and sexuality issues. Season 1, for a while, appeared to be very focused on women’s issues, and Season 2 had a gay character (Sorry if that’s a spoiler! You should have caught up by now.). Aside from shomer negiah stuff (a common thread through all of the seasons), it’s relatively quiet. Actually, that’s not true – there are a few interesting things going on, that could be interesting to discuss. I’m thinking specifically about Amir, and perhaps Hodaya, and definitely Yifat.I won’t comment further on any developments in Season 3 for the sake of people who care what is going on, but please, anyone out there who has been following it and wants to talk about it please discuss in the comments section (where there will definitely be spoilers if the discussion takes off, be warned!), since I am dying to talk about it with someone!

Season 3 Things we could discuss, titled as to not spoil too much:

The Sheitel! Ick!


What the bloggers at Srugim Recap call “Smug Pregnant”

Amir’s new friend. Bromance?

Also, here’s a link to the original video for Smug Pregnant. Those who are willing to brave the possibilities of finding spoilers, let’s discuss this video! I think the video certainly has a lot of truth to it. Note to friends: Please do not be smug pregnant. Ever. I will not indulge you.


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Fuck the patriarchy.

That is all I have to say today.

A quick look at the role of women in the Chilean Left

I know I’m way behind on this, having been busy with my own protests here in the midwest as part of the Occupy movement, but I am amazed and filled with joy to hear that women and girls are playing such a large part in the widespread Socialist unrest in Chile.

THIS is Girl Power: Liceo Carvajal in Chile, currently occupied by its fourteen-year-old female students

Links and details on the students of Liceo Carmela Carvajal and, of course, Camila Vallejo, after the jump

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Sizeism Meets the Candy Bowl: Or How I Learned to Stop Indulging Diet Talk and Love Chocolate

You know what’s really annoying? Hearing skinny people complain about being “fat” in front of you while they justify their decision to eat the slightest bit of junk food.

There are tons of problems with this, here are the main ones I can think of:


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uMi Yamut: 10 Female Martyrs

On Rosh Hashanah will be inscribed and on Yom Kippur will be sealed how many will pass from the earth and how many will be created; who will live and who will die; who will die at [her] predestined time and who before [her] time; who by water and who by fire, who by sword, who by beast, who by famine, who by thirst, who by upheaval, who by plague, who by strangling, and who by stoning.” – From the prayers said on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.

Many of our readers and contributors spent all of yesterday and the night before in Yom Kippur services. In many synagogues, people often read the stories of a group known as the 10 Martyrs. These are very compelling accounts of ten Jewish Rabbis who were killed during Roman rule by Emperor Hadrian (you know, the guy who built the pretty little walls in England and also murdered Jews in his spare time). All of them are very graphic, and include fates that I would not wish on most of my worst enemies (I’d be perfectly fine if someone like Hitler or Stalin or Pol Pot were killed in some of these fashions).

Anyways, just as I walked out of services this year personally not at all pleased with myself or my repentance (while everyone else walked out relieved) and with the feeling that I need more time to atone as I suddenly remembered things I had done poorly in the past year after the Shofar had sounded and the “gates” had closed, I feel that while these stories we read are compelling, there are so many more stories that could be read if we really just wanted to make ourselves miserable all day (which I’m clearly into). Other people have expressed this, especially after the Holocaust, and such thinking got wider accounts from later times in Jewish history incorporated into the service in the Conservative movement.

The absence I noticed the most, other than the absence of stories from the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and other important catastrophic events in which many Jewish people were killed, was the absence of any women martyrs, even though I am sure there were women martyrs. Below is a list of women I would include in a supplement to the services for people who would want to include women when these stories are being read. I want to say that this is not a definitive “top 10 list,” but just as there is room for expansion on the original ten, there is infinite room for expansion on this list, since there are literally millions of female Jewish martyrs. See the list, after the jump.

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The Seven Privilege Denying Dudes You’ll Meet in Hell (and Seven Ways to Deal) #1

I had fun with meme generator tonight to make this post. This will be a series that I work on in the next few days (it’s really one long post but I’m splitting int to 7). Here is a list of seven people feminists can often run into, people who can be intimidating at first, but should not be feared and should be confronted. I have created each of these images, and they are inspired by my experience both virtual and personal, with people who just don’t _get it_. As a clarifier: Privilege Denying Dudes come in all gender backgrounds, races, and sexual orientations. I’ve met plenty of privilege denying gays, and plenty of privilege denying women. The “dude” meme is just easier to work with.

Privilege Denying Dude #1: Disinterested Specialist Doing You the Huge Favor of Entertaining Your Defense of Feminism in Civil, Objective, Disinterested Debate That You Will Not Win Anyway  Click here for the rest of the post

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Days 16-17: I’m actually ahead at this point!

I just got back from spending the first half of this wonderful three-day weekend up North (north of where is up to you to know!). I figured I’d get ahead on the routine and give myself a break from blogging tomorrow.

Day 16: Create a Budget: I signed up for one of those websites. Hah, ironically when my bank account does not look so good. It will look much better by this Friday (pay day!).Hopefully this is a step on a good path to better and wiser financial planning. I’ve always been good and careful with budgets, but now that I’m paying for a lot more out of my own bank account now that I’m not on a meal plan and have to pay rent, I need all of the organization help I can get.

Day 17: Talk to 3 strangers: Hah, when I read this one on the first day I was excited to do the Fight Club version: get into a fight with three strangers, but it turns out talking to three strangers is pretty cool. This weekend I spent Shabbat about an hour and a half’s subway/bus trip away, and talked to not three, but around 10 new strangers. With the three year old, I talked about how knee pads are good for bike safety and how I live in a neighborhood that is very far south. With the five year old, I complemented her shoes and she complemented my skirt, and I also told her about how I live in a neighborhood that is very far south. With the seven year old, I had to explain why I lived outside of my parents’ house even though I wasn’t married, why I went to college away from my parents, why I wasn’t married yet, why I didn’t have children, and the details of the weekly Torah portion. I had a wonderful dinner with the Rabbi and Rabbanit of the congregation, in which we discussed Jewish philosophy. The next day I got to meet someone with whom I discussed cleaning out bookshelfs and old books we liked while growing up (Ramona Quimby is a hit! I stayed quiet about my love of Phillip Pullman books as it received a verbal lashing). This weekend I really went out of my comfort zone, maybe more than I would have by just striking up conversations (I did this Thursday night as I took the subway home from a bar with some law students, but we had been introduced by a mutual acquaintance beforehand). This time I went to a community completely different from mine, slept and ate at a home that isn’t my own, and had to commit to being there 25+ hours in advance. I’ve done this a few times in the past few years in various parts of the world (well, okay, three), and it has been great to see other communities for the most part – the only completely nightmarish Shabbat was when I decided to spend Shabbat in Tzfat when I studied abroad in Israel last year. After the really cool first few hours in which I got to take a tour of the beautiful city and got to hear a really great, non-crazy lecture on Kabbalah, I had an awkward wardrobe malfunction, got followed around town by a sketchy man offering to host me for “drinks,” got followed around by another couple related to said wardrobe malfunction (more of a “shame on you” following-around than a “hey baby let’s get drinks” following-around), had dinner with a family that objected to “Arab-Lovers,” felt lovesick/homesick, et cetera et cetera et cetera, so that memory generally makes me think twice now about accepting or pursuing invitations to spend Shabbat anywhere not within walking distance of my apartment since once you’re there you’re there, but this time it was wonderful and I am really glad and thankful that I had this opportunity.

Is vegetarianism gendered? Part 1

What I’d like to ask about today, briefly, is if vegetarianism is gendered. It just seems like I meet more female vegetarians than male vegetarians, and that when girls brag about eating a nice juicy steak there is always this shadow of masculinity lingering around, either in the way their voice changes when they say “juicy steak”, or in the decor of the places where such juicy steaks are consumed, etc.

Full disclosure: I have been a vegetarian for a year now, for a litany of reasons: the main two being ethical reasons (thank you Jacques Derrida, Rav Kook, Michael Pollan, Jonathan Safran Foer, PETA, etc.) and for practical reasons related to my religious dietary restrictions. In previous years, I have been a raw food vegan (2-3 months, I don’t remember), vegan (1 month), but this recent vegetarianism has been the longest to last. As for my role as a gendered consumer of vegetarian products and vegetarian culture, I am not sure where I fall. I mean, I wear polos and bro shorts on the weekdays, flannel and long skirts on the weekend. I was raised in female spaces and culture, and for feminist reasons identify with women as my “class,” but I am ambivalent about it at the same time.

So, basically, all I have at the start of this post is a question based on cultural cues that I’ve picked up for the years. What I’d like to do now is, through Googling, find a few clues to whether there is actually a cultural gender barrier in the vegetarian-omnivore divide, or whether I am just hallucinating.

OM NOM NOM NOM, SEITAN 4 BREAKFAST (click here to go the rest of the post).

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Herstory #2/Work in Progress: Conversa Women and the Politics of Personal Practice

So, as it turns out, this internship has me busy, and I am rushing to finish a paper that I’ll be presenting on Thursday, but I think I’ve got the introduction down. This paper has been something I’ve been thinking about for several months, and I hope to turn it into a full-blown research project that will hopefully take me to the Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City sometime after graduation, where I will hopefully explore specific cases more in depth through this sort of lens.

As the deadline approaches (I have to do a trial presentation on Tuesday), I’d appreciate your feedback, comments, questions, etc. I’ve provided the intro, and to anyone who is interested I will email the pdf of the full paper once I finish (just email us at

Click here to go to the introduction (not feeling witty today).

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