Thursday, January 29, 2015

The strangeness of a kippa-wearing woman

Thought: to an Orthodox Jew, a woman in a kipa appears... strange. But that must be how Orthodox Jewish men look to everyone else...

As @yaakman pointed out, this really depends. If the Orthodox Jew thinks a kippa looks strange on a woman's head because he associates kippahs with men, the comparison breaks down.

But I think the essential whiplash-delivering point remains solid: We OJ are used to seeing men with headgear, so nothing about it seems odd. We're not used to seeing women dressed similarly so it strikes us as weird. Well, 99% of the gentiles aren't exactly used to seeing men wearing beanies. So, how do you think we Orthodox Jewish men appear to them?

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