They admitted to religious taboos ranging from same-sex attraction to extramarital affairs. The treatment they received was alarmingly severe. J oseph, a thin man with a delicate bearing and soft gray eyes, has a mellifluous accent that is hard to place — evidence of growing up in the United States but in a world apart.
Religion brainwashed me into doing irrational and emotionally self-damaging things that I would have easily recognized as primitive and harmful were it not for my indoctrination. Of all the practices I look back on with horror, this was the worst. By removing the veil of secrecy that keeps these practices from public knowledge, my hope is that women suffering within these communities will feel empowered to leave.
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A Belgian model was spat at and chased for walking completely naked through the largely ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, during the Purim holiday earlier this year. Marisa Papen and her crew undertook the photo shoot during the festival, on March 21, but only posted a video of the chase on her website last week. For the photo shoot, she walked naked throughout the neighborhood, including posing in front of a yeshiva school bus and in front of a synagogue.
Photo by Renata Bystritsky. The Bushwick basement, filled with the chatter of young artists and performers in silver tube tops and floral skirts, fell silent as a woman with a long black braid sat down on a large chair. To signal the beginning of her performance piece, she leaned over a prayer book, and began to sway.
In the mids, Joel Teitelbaum, an eminent and charismatic rabbi, immigrated to the United States, colonizing a section of Williamsburg in Brooklyn for his Hasidic sect, the Satmar, its name taken from the Hungarian town of Szatmar, where Rabbi Teitelbaum had fought to resist the encroachments of a modernizing society. Among the Satmar in Brooklyn, use of the internet is condemned and secular education is considered of little use. In recent years, though, it became the fashion among some Satmar women to pursue special-education degrees after high school, typically online or through religious colleges.
Welcome to a new series where we ask the question: how do people from different religions have sex? This series is based on the official teachings of the religion, not what individuals might choose to do. At all.
Megan Mack for BuzzFeed News. A middle-aged Haredi Jewish man whom we only addressed by a dog name, Moishe whose name has been changed to protect his privacy was nearing the end of his two-hour session. We had started by tying him up and making him eat an entire bag of Takis off the floor while we scratched his back with moose antlers, and now we were here, in the basement bathroom of a duplex and part-time sex dungeon in Bushwick, Brooklyn, pissing into his mouth.