After using Omegle for more than a few days I have come to see how fortunate I am to have found Jumblr. After being connected with someone who had “Judaism” as an interest ze told me that if I were to convert via the Reform movement, many would consider my conversion invalid. According to hir ze said this not to be “judgmental” but so that I could have nothing less than the best conversion possible. But even after I explained that I owe it to my Jewish ancestors to convert only after researching Judaism extensively and that is in fact what I had been doing ze would not talk about anything other than how “invalid” Reform Judaism is. Once that became clear I closed the chat.
As unpleasant as that was, it was in fact my best experience chatting with someone about Judaism on Omegle. Up until that point the other party did not bother to find out whether I was converting via Orthodox Judaism; as soon as I said the word “convert”, they left the chat. After all these experiences I have decided to wait a while before chatting again while having “Judaism” listed as an interest.
All this is to say that I am grateful to everyone who makes Jumblr the for-the-most-part welcoming community it is. Thank you.
Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.
"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.