If you live in New York City, or if you’ve ever paid a visit to the fair metro during a Jewish holiday, there’s a good chance you’ve witnessed this fairly common practice: an Orthodox Jewish man, or perhaps two or three, dressed in traditional garb, stands on a street corner, asking select passersby if they’re Jewish. More often than not, they are — New York, for whatever reason, attracts a high concentration of Jews all over the spectrum, from the unobserving reform to the extremely religious Hasidic.
Having lived, worked, and otherwise existed in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the past few years means I have been called on my heritage by these guys (“mitzvah campaigners,” to be proper) many, many times. I’m never surprised, because although I’m only half Jewish, my dad’s Russian genes are hella dominant — I have thick, dark hair, dark almond-shaped eyes, fair but not freckled skin, and a prominent nose. Y’all have seen me. These features, in conjunction, add up to what any Orthodox Jew on the corner of Bedford Avenue would call a safe bet to shake the lulav during Sukkot. (Sorry guys, I’m in a rush.) But I’ve seen them also make some pretty damn good calls on Jews that, well, don’t look as obviously Ashkenazi as I do. Keep reading »
If a woman has had an abortion, does that means she’s unfit for custody of her two children? That is what the lawyer for a high-powered investment banker appears to be arguing as she defends her client in family court.
Manuel (John) Mehos, a Houston banking bigwig, divorced Lisa Mehos after six years of marriage in October 2011. Now he has subpoenaed his ex-wife’s medical records and his lawyer wants her abortion to be used as evidence in a custody hearing. Lisa Mehos’ unplanned pregnancy was reportedly the result of a “one-time fling with a longtime friend”; she had the abortion over Easter weekend in 2012 while her mother babysat the kids and would not allow her ex-husband to watch them because it was Easter he was an “atheist.” John Mehos’ lawyer claims all this stuff about the abortion is pertinent because Lisa Mehos has said her ex-husband caused stress in her life, but the court should know she may also have been stressed by having an abortion.
Oh sure. I’m sure the stigma against women who terminate pregnancies — they’re selfish, they’re immoral, they’re slutty, they’re unfit mothers — has nothing to do with why this might come up in a custody hearing. Keep reading »
All the jokes about going downtown just write themselves, don’t they?
When a man masturbates in public, it’s creepy and it’s criminal and women feel at best grossed out and at worst violated. When a woman masturbates in public, it’s …. a really funny article for Cosmoplitan? Keep reading »
You know what they say about New York City: DON’T FUCKING GO. Or at least, that’s what this “survival guide” from the ’70s would like you to think. To be fair, the dirty, dangerous New York City of 1975 is worlds removed from the glossy, mostly manicured NYC of today (people even live in Brooklyn now! by choice!), but if “Fear City” isn’t straight scaremongering, I don’t know what is.
- “…the best advice we can give you is this: Until things change, stay away from New York City if you possibly can.”
- “Stay off the streets after 6 P.M. …Do not be misled by the late sunsets during the summer season.”
- “Do not walk.”
- “Remain in Manhattan.”
Needless to say, the pamphlet received enough negative publicity to prevent it from ever being distributed. You can check out all of the pages in full over at the source. [Gothamist]
The polls are closed! The votes are being tallied! And waiting out the results in the NYC mayoral primary race at Anthony Weiner’s campaign party (probably outside, as I can’t imagine she’d be allowed in) is none other than Sydney Leathers! Above, is the alleged photo evidence, posted to Twitter. On one hand, it could be BS, on the other hand, COME ON Sydney Leathers would totally show up to Anthony Weiner’s campaign party! Oh look, more evidence! Oh Sydney. [Twitter (1); Twitter (2)]