Indignant Idiocies

17 Sep

I’m confused.


When it comes to kiddashim in shuls, sheva brachos, vorts, most simchas, the women get the best stuff.


The women get the Zeigleman cakes, Daskal’s cheese stuff, Portegal’s miniatures, chocolates by Edible Delights, the monogrammed cookies, the flower centerpieces. The everything.


While the men get the booze and sponge cake.


I’m ok with this arrangement, just as long I get my Viennese Crunch. 


I’m just confused by the vort arrangements in terms of where the women are situated. Based on the fact that the effort is given to show off to women, one would assume that you would put woman in a place that best displays your goodies. But it’s not so, we’re shtupt into undersized 2 x 4’s.


If a vort is in a house, the woman always are relegated to the side door and kitchen. If it’s in a hall, the woman’s entrance is on the side down some dark alley. We breathe our sugar laden breathe in each other’s face (this is a good reason to be tall). We squeeze by, and reappropriate some hefty woman’s padding. We jab elbow, and exchange dark looks. (you call this a simcha, it brings out the worst in us!)


I’m sure someone with throw the tznius argument at me, but is it tznius what they’re doing inside. (things actually looking nice, such gashmeis, it’s scandalous)


I don’t care if you think as a woman I’m a second-class citizen and am therefore deserving of the puny allotments you make for me. But as a society, be consistent, if I’m so insignificant, why show off to me, why shower me with all the good noshies, and artistic displays (unless you’re trying to lull us into a false sense of security, which is another story)?


Posted by on September 17, 2008 in Food, Weddings


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17 responses to “Indignant Idiocies

  1. Esther Ed

    September 17, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    ahhh i LOVEEE viennese crunch! (sorry i got stuck at that part)

  2. EndOfWorld

    September 17, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Hey, I don’t mind being lulled into a false sense of security, as long as we have better food.

    Anyway,this is the time and place to protest with your money. Or rather, protest by spending THEIR money. Just be sure to come to these events with large, empty shopping bags and nonchalantly make off with a good portion of the goodies. They will definitely get the message and a)never invite you again or b)put the women’s section in front to make sure you don’t walk off with the food again.

    As always, who says you have to go in the first place? Spend a few dollars, buy your own chocolate and keep your pride.

  3. Mikeinmidwood

    September 18, 2008 at 12:32 am

    They just want you to have all this delicious fattening food which will take your mind off the small area and onto the fact that you are gaining weight and you have to watch what you eat.

    A great way to make you not notice but you passed.

  4. tooyoungtoteach

    September 18, 2008 at 1:25 am

    So the food is just a distraction?

    Trust me, they could have spent less on the beautiful but tasteless cake and distracted me with taco chips and salsa.

  5. daughtersintheparsha

    September 18, 2008 at 1:59 am

    because the next day the men’s conversations will not be:
    did you see what she wore?
    did you see her new shaitel?
    did you eat the salad?
    don’t you love her new wallpaper?
    where did she get those tapestry tablecloths? were those props hers or from a g’mach?

    THAT’S why the women get everything. What would they blab about the day after?
    (am I cynical?)

  6. Moshe

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 am

    This is the reason I’m by the women’s section. There’s food! The worst offenders are by weddings. Women get hot food or at least cakes and fruits, while men get cheap, nasty booze and sponge cake.

  7. offthederech

    September 18, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Yeah, you guys get the better food.
    I used to stick around til the end to hog the good stuff b/c you guys never eat anything!

  8. tooyoungtoteach

    September 18, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Yeah Moshe, I always wondered what went on by the men’s section at the schmorg, cause all the men (the old one’s who don’t count anymore, and the brave young ones, or the fat guys hanging on to their wives) are by the women.

    Daughterintheparsha: Are you telling me that the community is doing us a great service by giving us so much, so we can therefore talk about it. Real sweet of them, but I’m sure that if we didn’t have it we’d still be yentaning just as much….so maybe they’re giving it to us so we are blinded and don’t talk about things they really don’t want discussed. It’s the Wizard of Oz after all. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”

  9. cynical

    September 18, 2008 at 11:41 am

    The food is there to distract us and give us something to talk about. Best to keep us focused on that stuff, or real conversations might ensue. Ideas might be shared. Someone could get uppity. As the tzniut, aidel women that were are, we should to be happy to enter through side doors and squish together like cattle. The men should have their space. They daven, they learn, we should just keep to ourselves and share recipies and sheitelmachers.

    Plus, I always manage to get into the men’s area for booze and spongecake anyway.

  10. stam

    September 18, 2008 at 11:48 am


  11. daughtersintheparsha

    September 18, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    try this at the next wedding you go to : ask everyone whom they are voting for. hopefully they will know that this is an election year. See how many roll their eyes and turn to their friend and say “what did your daughter think of the chumash test?”

  12. tooyoungtoteach

    September 18, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Politics and Social events don’t mix, that’s Social Ettiquite 101. Even I know that!

    I’m not sure if it’s because you don’t want to cause tension between different ideology, or tension, that that they look stupid.

    but now that you mentioned it…who are you voting for?

  13. The Babysitter

    September 21, 2008 at 1:03 am

    End of World: You reminded me of what I once wrote a post about- Got Nosh?

    Too Young To Teach: I wonder what you have to say about that post, its about what happens at school and its told in a story form.

    This is my view, they give all the good food and fancy stuff to the woman because the woman are the ones that care about how the food looks, the men just care about satisfying their hunger, their not into all the flare.

    Now about the space issue, its because of those that have a male supremist view, they think everything is for the men, and the woman are just there as a side thing.

  14. tooyoungtoteach

    September 21, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Babysitter: The whole thing’s a Catch 22.

    So, either work on a kids self esteem so they don’t feel the need to share, or teach your kids not to shnur, so they won’t put someone else in that situation.

    I always admired those kids who just said “No” (the line doesn’t only apply to drugs)

  15. The Babysitter

    September 21, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Yea, that would be ideal, if children’s self esteem was risen and if they were taught not to shnur. That part I find very important. Common decency.

    Yea, those kids who say no, are ones who are usually more looked up to because they are in charge, so you want to get on their good side so that they will approve of you sand say yes to you once a while.

  16. dina

    September 22, 2008 at 7:52 am

    daughtersintheparsha: last time elections came up at one of these things, someone remarked that “Obama should change his middle name if he doesn’t want people to think he’s a terrorist.” At this, I urgently repaired to the men’s section and sought oblivion in a glass of Glenlivet.

  17. tooyoungtoteach

    September 22, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Dina: that same person is probably going “told you so” now.

    Hey, atleast there was good booze to fall on to.


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