The Women Fighting to Shatter Taboos About Female Sexuality

Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She describes the seemingly insurmountable schism between her neighborhood and the rest of New York City. Even though there was no wall around my community, she says, there was a very effective invisible barrier. Though the Manhattan skyline beckoned from just across the river, it could have been another planet. Only when Feldman was 17 and preparing for her arranged marriage did her elders offer a euphemistic explanation of sex and its sole purpose: reproduction. Her first sexual experience with her husband was painful, unenjoyable, and resulted in her immediate pregnancy. Once I grew into my full feminine power as a woman, she explains, thats when I became completely crushed. Shortly after giving …