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I usually don’t pay attention to these things, which is why it has taken me so long to notice, but apparently the Miss America festivities this year are timed to coincide with Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. This has essentially precluded Jewish Women from competing since Yom Kippur is the generally considered to be the most important Holiday on the Jewish Calendar (some will argue Shabbat, but that’s a separate issue).
This is incredibly problematic, because it essentially ensures that no Jewish women would compete this year if they observe Yom Kippur. This is anti-semitism in effect even if it’s not the intent (and I’m not leaving out the possibility that it is the intent, just anticipating that defense). It freezes Jews out of the process. Jewish women who want to compete for the title will now have to choose between fulfilling their responsibilities as Jews or as contestants.
I have no doubt the committee knew Yom Kippur was this weekend. I’m also sure they would consider the loss of a potential Jewish Miss America as acceptable. After all, this is the same pageant that asked its sole Jewish winner, Bess Myerson, to change her name so she would sound less Jewish and who didn’t receive the traditional winner’s endorsement opportunities from companies like Ford.
But hey, the pageant is falling further and further into irrelevance and that’s probably a good thing. It just would’ve been nice had it done so without freezing out potential competitors for daring to be Jewish.
I generally don’t watch Miss America telecasts both because they don’t interest me and because I find them problematic. But I will not be watching this year with extreme prejudice.
This is from last year, but it’s worth reblogging with Miss America being recent news and the High Holidays coming up again.
This is a major part of the “othering” of Jews in American society. In exchange for conditional access to white privilege, “White Jews” are asked to throw away their lives as Jews when it conflicts with whiteness. Another famous example is when Sandy Koufax refused to pitch a World Series game because it was scheduled on Yom Kippur. The Constitution may guarantee freedom of religion, but civic, social and business calendars don’t.
promo me i’m have an acceptable grade in biology again
What if I started accusing all Abrahamic faiths that came after Judaism of appropriation
Would that not be hilarious
"Oh you like G-d? Name 5 of His albums."
I can’t stop imagining a modern AU where Zuko’s still the firelord and the paparazzi gets photos of him and Jet and all the tabloids are like “Is the firelord GAY???” Prompting Zuko to come out publicly as bisexual
…..and the next day all the headlines are like “Firelord confirmed gay” and they’re both tearing their hair out
Someone walks over to our step to say hello. She bends at the waist, looming over Brooke.
Brooke doesn’t look up. She doesn’t stop stripping her stick.
Dig. Pull. Dig. Pull.
Our visitor reaches out a hand and cups it below Brooke’s chin.
I freeze. Oh God.
She uses the hand to pull Brooke’s head up by the jaw.
A thin line of panic starts somewhere deep. I know that Brooke is going to scream. 5,4,3,2 …
She does scream, but not in the way that I expect.
“I HATE BEING TOUCHED!!” she shouts.
I am flabbergasted.
Words. Self-awareness. Communication. Self-advocacy.
I know the sentence will need to be reformatted. But I am drenched in pride.
I turn to Brooke. “Great job telling us how you feel, Brooke. Really great job.” I hope that my words send a message to both of them. I stand with my girl.
Our visitor is undaunted.
“I just want to see that beautiful face,” she says. “Lift up for me.”
I am stymied by etiquette. By deference to our host. By generational difference. By convention.
Brooke is not.
She lifts her head as instructed. And growls."
This has probably been posted before, but this knocks me for a loop - a blogger and her autistic daughter had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks, and this is how one of the noisiest voice in the autism community treated her daughter.
What knocks me for a loop isn’t so much Wright’s awful behavior. It’s the unbelievable strength and self-advocacy that the blogger Jess’s daughter, Brooke, shows when someone violates her personal space. It’s her mother backing her up for making sure someone knows that they are not permitted to touch her unless she says it’s okay. Honestly, it’s heartening. I hope Wright felt real fucking uncomfortable. She should.
They treat us as if we were not human, the way they treat us shows that they are monsters.
This actually makes me very uncomfortable, for a couple of reasons.
First, that mother is not supporting her daughter. At all. When her daughter’s boundaries were violated, she froze. And when the girl clearly demonstrated that she was upset, her mother didn’t tell Suzanne Wright to stop. It’s great that she’s listening to her daughter, but she’s the one with power here. It’s her job to tell the other adult to stop touching her kid when the kid obviously does not want it. That’s like basic protecting your child. But she doesn’t say anything because it wouldn’t be polite, she doesn’t ask her to stop or criticize her inappropriate behavior. She makes her child with what seem from this to be severe language difficulties stick up for herself and keep sticking up for herself, because the lesson she’s learning is that no one else will.
It’s wonderful that that little girl can do that. But it shouldn’t be her job. She shouldn’t have he sole responsibility for fending off the neurotypical adult who’s harassing her. This is where her mom should step in and very clearly tell Suzanne Wright to back the fuck off.
I’m also extremely wary of the way self-advocacy and self-awareness are conflated with language skills. I do think it’s very helpful for autistic people who can learn to speak to do so, and it certainly makes our lives easier and safer. But that’s not always possible. Or it is possible, but the cost isn’t worth it. The point is that if an autistic person - or any person with a language disability - doesn’t want to/can’t/won’t talk for whatever reason, it doesn’t mean they’re not self-aware. Speaking is really hard and that’s their prerogative. I’m not trying to say anything specific about the relationship between this mother and her child, but the belief that nonverbal autistic people lack self-awareness - and thus personhood - leads to a lot of abuse, up to and including murder. It is important to pay attention when people think like that. It is a sign that probably something is wrong here. And obviously self-advocacy is not the same thing as speech - there are lots of nonverbal autistic advocates. It’s easier if you can talk but they’re not the same thing at all.
a public service announcement from honoo-kun _(｡◁ﾟ*_)_
a list of reasons for why judaism is the best religion:
- no proselytizing
oh my god
ok but the goy REALLY THINKS THAT ISIS AND THE MOSSAD ARE THE SAME THING
He really WANTS it to be true. Not convinced he actually believes it. He looks at the Middle East, which is so distant to him, like it’s some piece of fiction that should have good guys and bad guys and wouldn’t the plot turn out just peachy if ISIS was Mossad?
its so weird bc he’s visited, he knows its a real place with real people so why treat it like its a dan brown novel?
I’ve had the (dis)pleasure of traveling around Israel/Palestine with people who had such a view of what they wanted to see that they actually never saw what was in front of them. Like, I was with a person who, after watching a friend held up for extra security on the border by Ethiopian Jewish soldiers because she came through Lebanon actually called them white and claimed they were picking on her friend and others because they weren’t white. I’ve been with people traveling through Israel and Palestine been surrounded by Jews who would never pass as white in the US and Palestinians who WOULD (because the Levant is a complicated place, who knew) and continue to claim that Israeli Jews are White and Palestinians are POC and that is the separation.
I’ve been in bus trips with American Jewish kids where the bus driver was a Palestinian Israeli citizen who spoke to us in Arabic accented Hebrew with a big smile helped a girl who had sprained her ankle in and out of the bus every time and who had a Palestinian flag pin up by his steering wheel and a lot of the kids who always knew him and thanked him would claim a minute later that Palestinians hated Jews and wanted them gone.
People see what they want to see.
captain america 3: bisexual polyamorous jews and the intersection of sexuality and religion
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