Monday, March 28, 2005

Never been kissed

Directly relating to our discussion a few days ago about premarital sex in the Orthodox world, Renreb has linked to a new blog, Shomernegiah.blogspot.com. Its strapline: "I am 34 years old. An Orthodox Jew. Female, healthy, friendly, successful in my work. I have never been kissed. This blog is my primal scream."
From her opening post:
[W]hy am I making a blog about something so personal?
First, because in the last few years, being S.N. to me has become a little like living in jail. There is a world out there (my married friends, my not frum friends) who are enjoying being sexual people, and I am imprisoned in my single, religious, Nice Jewish Girl life. Sometimes I think that if I do not have sex I will explode. Sometimes I think that if I do not find out what it feels like to have a man’s hands on me, I will go crazy. Maybe this blog is the explosion! Maybe after all I have gone crazy!...
There is also the judgement from the religious side. Fifteen years ago I thought that single women who were “older” like in their late twenties who started down the slippery slope and became less frum were somehow not as good religiously as me. I thought that if they really believed in halacha they would never do that. It was easy to think that when I was younger and thought I could get married soon. Now however I see how hard it is to stay strong all this time. It is bad enough to be alone, but to be not sexual is almost as bad, and the two together is terrible. I have been on depression medication for a long time. I have had fantasies of killing myself. I have considered hiring a male prostitute and getting it over with. No, I have not tried either of those last two things, chas vishalom. But it shows how hard it is to be 34 and single and a nice Jewish girl. I cannot blame anyone who decides it is not worth it. To all the married people out there telling older singles that they should deny themselves, I wish I could respond "let he who is 34 and never been kissed cast the first stone."
Please do not rush over to her blog to lecture this genuine young woman about the halachic reality (not that any Bloghead readers would...). She knows. Please just listen to her story (best read from the bottom up) with a sympathetic ear and offer her support if you can.

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3 comments:

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Anonymous said...

I too sruggle with this issue...I am a christian divorcee and almost worse because I know what lovemaking is all about and it is a truly enjoyable experience.....something I miss greatly but then again.....I see friends who have meaningless sexual encounters on the search for "the right one" and I can see the damage those encounters can cause....so I remain celibate...

NBKat 38 said...

Hi, I hope you have been kissed as you have been very silent. If not, don't give up hope! I'm 38 and haven't been kissed. :)

http://neverbeenkissed38.blogspot.com/