Haredi Teen Girls! Porn!

Dr. Yaniv Efrati at Bar Ilan University has been talking to Israeli teenagers for quite some time about sex.

In a 2011 study, he and two research partners compelled religious teens to watch pornographic images to see if and for how long they felt bad about themselves afterwards.  The researchers (and Ynet), in classic soft-porn fashion, only revealed documentation of the 80 interviews, but intimated that the statistics are forthcoming.

Hey, pssst… look at these naughty bits. Feel bad yet?

And now, in 2012, Dr. Efrati strikes again.  This time, he surveyed over 500 11th and 12th graders from across the sectorial spectrum in Israel (i.e, national religious, haredi, and secular) to determine how much porn they consume.  This time, a decisive stat:  ONE IN THREE TEENAGED RELIGIOUS AND HAREDI GIRLS SURF FOR PORN!  That’s twice as much as secular girls.  (Insert lewd insinuation about how haredi girls do it twice as often here.)

I am dubious about the conclusions one can draw from this sample and this leering stat – but it does tweak the SEO, doesn’t it?

I await the next study that demonstrates that, in reality, the secular girls consume FAR MORE porn that haredi girls.

Nevertheless, it further drives home the point with which I concluded a piece I have written for Zeek magazine about the haredim and the internet.  It is a quote from Dovid Teitelbaum’s open letter to the Ichud HaKehillos in honour of the Asifa:

Filters sound good, but they are not the solution. A filter is only as effective as much as the person using it wants to be filtered.

And haredi teen girls, like their teen male counterparts, do not want to be filtered.  They, like their secular counterparts, need a compelling, affirmative reason not to consume porn.  (Incidentally, secular and haredi teen boys consume porn in equal degree.)

These haredi teens are also in need of a compelling, affirmative reason to remain within the fold in an appropriate manner and to support the institutions of their community to the same degree as their parents.  This “crisis” of confidence sounds an awful lot like the “crisis” of modernity that swept across Western Europe in the eighteenth century… (For more, see Chapter 6 in End Of The Jews.)

This Bar Ilan study comes on the legs of another study that determined that six of ten Jewish babies in America’s biggest Jewish community – New York City – are born to Orthodox families.   (Cue ominous music to accompany panic of liberal Jews afraid that their liberal bastion is being overrun.  Also cue giggles of an excited Michael Medved.)  What both studies do not address is the long term.  What does it mean that twice as many haredi teen girls are consuming porn?  Will they, or the six Orthodox-born babies, remain within their folds when they hit adulthood?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  But even if they remain within their fold, they cannot do so without irrevocably changing it.

This “problem” is not one of technology, even though the gedolim at the Asifa argue that technology is at fault.  But, even more important, technology, in the guise of filtering or firewalling, cannot fix this “problem”.  This “problem” demands a very low-tech solution: a sound idea.

The Haredi World Wide Web part 3, or Asifa internet madness, continued

So despite protestations that the internet is destroying families and leading erlikhe yidden into the very pit of despair and all that, many folks were live tweeting the Asifa from Citifield last night … and it was not too long before the yiddishe kopf was busy at work coming up with tweet-cracks about the Asifa, including one from book-blurbster and all-around social media doyenne Esther K.

But what really kills me is that the linked-to YouTube clip of “40K Jews, Internet Asifa ASIFA KINUS ICHUD HAKEHILLOS” was taken down because … drum roll please:

If you do not believe me, follow this link.

“Hate Speech”?!  As in footage of Rebbe’im yelling “We HATE THE INTERNET!!!” in English and Yiddish?  YouTube really must have a weak stomach for criticism.  Yeesh.

Incidentally, here’s a piece by Adrianna Jeffries who pulled a Yentl to cover the event dressed as a man.  Papa, can you tweet me?  (I could not resist that one…  Sorry.)

livestream from the #Asifa

… can be viewed here at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/asifas-klal-yisroel RIGHT NOW.

Though I cannot laud the camera work, the fact that someone is at the let’s-talk-about-the-evils-of-the-internet rally holding up what seems to be an iPhone to live-stream the event for the world wide interweb is, in the fullest Alanis-Morrissette sense of the word, IRONIC.

The Haredi World Wide Web, continued…

"...our gain is your olam habbah so bid now and make this your Sha'ah Achas!"

In Part Three (aka “the Future”) of End Of The Jews, I write about how the Haredi community, despite the many, vituperative protestations otherwise, is fired and wired.

On May 20, CitiField will be filled with ultra-Orthodox Jews angry about the interweb.  (Apparently, the klakyisroel twitter account opened to promote the event [as reported by the Forward here] cannot be found… hmm…)

That the event is being advertised online and that tickets may be purchased via email (oh wait, the tickets are sold out – but worry not, the overflow crowds can watch on simulcast from the 20,000-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium nearby) did not strike anyone as ironic… but what did strike some as definitely ironic was the following item on eBay – scalped tickets for the Asifa!! 

Kippah-tip to Dan Seiradski for the link …