The astonishing human capacity for thoughtlessness manifests itself in many ways. One is the ease with which we toss out ugly dismissive words such as “moron,” “witch” and “idiot” to describe people we disagree with
Nadine Epstein, Moment Editor, writes about civil discourse and how we could fix it.
Moment’s Editor-In-Chief Nadine Epstein writes about reactions to Moment’s previous issue and the contents of the magazine’s upcoming, including an exclusive interview with Ehud Barak, opinion pieces tackling anti-Semitism, Israeli politics, and more.
In 2014, four people were shot to death at the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, two years after the killings of four Jews, including three children, at the Ozar Hatorah School in Toulouse in the south of France. These tragedies and others like them made it clear that anti-Semitism, that pernicious prejudice, was alive and well.
In practice it requires women to maintain the peace by bending to the will of the males around them. Although my mother was a feminist for her time, she still subconsciously bought into the notion that shalom bayit was the duty of women and girls.
When I was in second grade my mother told me to read upside down. “You’re reading too fast,” she said, “it’s upsetting the teacher.” She had been instructed to do this as a child, and it was only natural for her to pass this wisdom on to me. Even now, I occasionally flip the book over in order to savor the story.
My mother, Ruth Epstein, was a dynamic leader. She stayed home like many suburban moms of her era but was also the president of a number of women’s organizations and a leader of local causes.
Misogyny has deeply shaped me, and nearly stifled me. From growing up in a Jewish world where boys were golden, to pursuing an academic and journalism career rife with outright gender discrimination, to taking over the old boys’ club that was Moment in 2004, I found that men around me too often treated me as if I were a child or their lover.