Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Basking in the Limelight, and running for cover!

I must admit, I was all wrong about Shifra. She's gallantly defended me on her latest posting, and I now see I'm being noticed all over the blog-universe.

From Ask Shifra the great (as the Renegade Rebbitzen might say, my first best friend!) to the ultra-chic Orthomom to the cool girls at Jewbiquitous; the spotlight seems to have focused on me.

But that's probably not very tzniusdik to be talked about everywhere, is it?

With the Rabbonim going after blogs, and now the Gedolim going after fashion, I wonder why they don't pull out some of their wedding albums and take a good look at the pictures.

My Bubby and Zaidey were married in a very frum wedding (and why not?) with many esteemed rabbonim and gedolim present. Some of the rebbetzins at the time even wore shorter skirts than I wear today! Some of the women there didn't completely cover their hair! (A Shanda? A Boosha!)

And yet, they weren't ostracized by the tznius police today, or shot at with bleach guns in the streets of Yerushalayim.

Don't know what to say anymore....should I just stop going to the gym, dress like a frumpter, let myself go, and lower my self esteem? Is that what they want from me?

"Kol Kevuda Bas Melech Pinima" means I should be not seen, not heard, locked away, uneducated, and objectified to males to the point that I have no mind, and I'm purely a sexual satanic creature, or piece of meat, that needs to be kept under wraps?

The distance of the position of our gedolim to that Moslem preacher is not far apart.
He said because if she had not left the meat uncovered, the cat wouldn’t have snatched it. If you get a kilo of meat, and you don’t put it in the fridge or in the pot or in the kitchen but you leave it on a plate in the backyard, and then you have a fight with the neighbour because his cats eat the meat, you’re crazy. Isn’t this true? If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park, or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, then whose fault will it be, the cats, or the uncovered meat’s? The uncovered meat is the disaster. If the meat was covered the cats wouldn’t roam around it. If the meat is inside the fridge, they won’t get it. If the woman is in her boudoir, in her house and if she’s wearing the veil and if she shows modesty, disasters don’t happen.”

I don't have a hechsher on my blog, but I guess it's only a matter of time before I'm forced to wear one on my tush. (And stop staring, or the tznius police will come after me, and not you)

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Hot Chanie's Pick of the week

Who do you think Miss Europe, 2006 is?

Nice Jewish Girl Alexandra Rosenfeld, 19, from France.

Good for her. I hope she marries a nice Jewish guy as well, and raises a wonderful Jewish family.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A Plethora of Hot Chanies

Hey Readers-

I've wasted WAAAAAY to much time over the past few days, reading different blogs. So much time, that I missed my gym workout yesterday (not a good thing). The problem is that if you miss a workout, one thing inevidently leads to another, and I'll chas vishalom be a size 6...again. The last time that happened was when I spent a year in sem, as I'm sure you're all familiar with THAT problem.

Reading all these slightly odd blogs at the wee hours of the morning totally destroyed my morning schedule, and since our housekeeper is on vacation today, it wasn't fun getting my oldest out the door for yeshiva this morning.

Therefore, I've decided for the time being, to call it quits on this blog. My own personal well-being is more important than wasting my time on this project, even if you may enjoy it.

The good news is, there are plenty of other Hot Chanies out there. You see us taking kids around town in our hot SUVs (no self-respecting Hot Chanie would drive anything less than an SUV or a Lexus).

We're everywhere!

The only downside of being a Hot Chanie is that all too-often our DH's don't live up to our expectations, and only shower twice a week, at best. yuck. They want us hot but can't even do the basics.

So for now, I'm off to the gym and then back to sleep.


Hot Chanie

Sunday, October 22, 2006

I'm hot. You're not.

Sigh. You have to feel for these frumpy rebbitzens.

Granted, jean skirts are not the end of the world, and it's not exactly a given that wearing them, or wearing bright colors, automatically makes a person look undignified and immature. I'm well aware of that. But in my case, they don't exactly help, either.

Dearie, you should stop blogging and put more emphasis on your wardrobe, or better yet, shop somewhere decent instead of Old Navy. And maybe go to the gym.

Skirt and slit lengths do not define the modesty of a bas yisroel

From: MSGraphics@aol.com (Linda Katz)
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 10:38:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Slit Skirts

I object to Heather Benjamin's assertion that considering the issue of slit skirts ridiculous and humiliating for women.

I wear them- just because even with the fuller styles, finding dressy skirts without slits is difficult- and walking when they're sewn up is almost impossible... (perhaps frum manufacturers need to address this...)

Nevertheless, if respected Rabbonim consider this a problematic issue-it's not her or our place to call it ridiculous!

These are not anti-woman gestures and certainly not meant to humiliate. When sexual mores and civility, decency, etc. decline in general in society, it is the job of rabbinic leaders to compensate- and even overcompensate sometimes. This is not the same as the "frummer than thou" syndrome.. as it is on a generational and not a personal level.

Let me retaliate with a different story- also true- of the woman who walks into an upscale orthodox-owned dress shop and says "I want the sexiest thing you have that is still snius." Skirt and slit lengths do not define the modesty of a bas yisroel- it's about so much more than that... attitude, demeanor... Our Rabbis need to keep trying to sensitize us to how far our generation is falling.... and to stem the tide before it's too late.

Linda Katz

You rock Babe, and win the Hot Chanie award for today, even though you wrote this in '96...

Introducing Hot Chanie!

Some People seem to have a very difficult time with my existence.

Yes, I'm frum, married and have two children. I'm thirty-two, and work out at the gym 3 days a week, and enjoy the results.

Yes, I have a killer sheitel, but my hair style beneath is even hotter and I keep it styled for my own personal enjoyment and for that of my DH.

Yet "Dearest Shifra" seems to have a problem with me. Is it my hot body (which I work very hard at?) Is it my kewl clothes? (So what if the skirt is tight. Shifra sweetheart, what's really bothering you? Jealousy? Does a slit on the side of my skirt make you uncomfortable? And why were you staring at me, of all people? Get a life, babe)

If pathetic "Dear Abby" letters float your boat, then enjoy your Titanic. I'm here to have fun, just like I did at Great Adventure. If you can't handle it, then I politely suggest you find someone else to berate. Or maybe find a shrink to deal with your own insecurities.

For the rest of us, see you around-- this is going be fun :)

Me, just without tefillin