Thou Shalt Not Dress Provocatively

This piece was first published in The Times of Israel.

Joanne Ginsberg's 'Daughters of Israel, Do Not Dress Provocatively' T-shirt design (photo credit: Courtesy of Joanne Ginsberg)

Joanne Ginsberg’s ‘Daughters of Israel, Do Not Dress Provocatively’ T-shirt design (photo credit: Courtesy of Joanne Ginsberg)

Tired of going out in to the streets of Jerusalem, B’nei Brak and Brooklyn seeing those posters admonishing Jewish women to dress modestly plastered on walls and billboards? Well, now you can read one somewhere else — namely, stretched out across the breasts of a woman passing by.

Thanks to the ingenuity of Jerusalem T-shirt shop owner Joanne (Rachal) Ginsberg, Jewish feminists are wearing their protest right on their chests, where it is not only ironic, but also hard to miss. Owner of HebrewTshirtsand mother of seven, Ginsberg came up with the idea for the design after being harassed one hot day two summers ago in the city’s ultra-Orthodox Beit Yisrael neighborhood by three women. At the time, she was wearing her usual “Orthodox and sockless” style of dress, which includes a head scarf, long sleeves, a long skirt and sandals.

“The women had head coverings and shawls and what appeared to be wool blankets draped all over themselves accosted me in the street,” Ginsberg told The Times of Israel. “They surrounded me.. and had decided to give me a lesson in modesty.

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

 

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