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Passover is one of those manic Jewish holidays when it’s hard to avoid getting trashed. You’re not allowed to ingest any bread products all day before the seder, and when your body is starchless and vulnerable, you drink four glasses of wine. A few hours in, I was woozy and glowing, letting the holiday seep in. Then I crawled into Tegan’s bed.
Just as I was ready to let myself fall asleep, my eyelids heavy and my throat parched, Tegan walked in. She peeled off her shoes and rolled into bed next to me, pulling the blanket hard from my body, eyes closed tight, air pulsing into my neck with quick, hot breaths.
When I woke up, she was gone, her side of the bed neat, sheets tucked in like nobody had ever been there.
When I got home from synagogue, I found her setting the table for dinner. “What are you doing here?”
She shrugged. “I came back.”
“Did you walk? The city’s, like, a fifteen-mile walk.”
Another shrug, even more noncommittal. “I got here,” she said.
We cooked. Sticking our hands in each other’s projects felt so weirdly domestic and flirtatious. Neither of us made eye contact. She tried to make me do the poem about shomer negiah and how touching is a promise. Later, I told her, later.
While many people fear the “sex talk,” Jewrotica offers an opportunity for writers and audiences to speak about sexuality in a open and safe space. When I attended a Jewrotica reading, I heard stories that reminded me that love takes many forms, and that expressing it is a vital part of who we are as a people.
Jewrotica rocks. It’s funny, it’s informative, it’s sexy, it’s interesting. Check it out!
The people behind Jewrotica are quite quality! I have confidence that any project these folks take on will be equally quality.
Jewrotica was everything I had dreamed of and more: sexy attendees, tantalizing confessions, and well-written literature to boot! More importantly, it empowers us Jews to reach inside and own our sexy selves and heritage!
I stepped out of my comfort zone to be a part of this. I was glad to open up the topic of sexuality in my community. We are trying to build a safe space to talk about sex. The result I am most happy about coming from this event is that hopefully now my friends know they can come and talk to me, that I can be their ‘safe space’.
Bedside Reading with Jewrotica was funny, sexy, and hot all at once. The readings were honest about all kinds of sexuality, but the highlight of the evening was definitely the confessions, written by audience participants. Nobody knew who wrote them, and most were tell-alls that would make your bubbe blush. Unless your bubbe was very, very cool. Then maybe she’d make YOU blush!
I attended and participated in last month’s Jewrotica event. The engaging performers and Ayo, our inviting host, inspired the audience to feel like one big community. What a great way to inspire our community to embrace sex as a beautiful thing that can be fun, exciting, sacred, sensual, ridiculous, scary and everything in between!
What an incredible night Jewrotica was!!!! There was this fantastic moment, in a sea of Jews of all sexualities, ages, backgrounds and denominations, that I realized we were all in this together! I hope that there are many more events coming to Austin soon!
I’m Heshy Fried from Frum Satire and I am very, very frum. And I completely support Jewrotica – it’s doing a service to the frum community. We need some sort of kosher sexual education. Jewrotica even has a system that allows frum filters to filter out certain things to make it PG for us. It’s mamish Torah. It’s like The Little Midrash Says for sex.
You may not tell your mom that you’re going to a live Jewrotica reading (or whatever clever name you will dub these events) but you will tell your friends. However, both would be jealous if they find out that they missed it. I think it will only be a matter of time before Jewrotica helps us reclaim the term “Dirty Jew” the way rap music has done for “The ‘N’ Word.” I know I am now proud to be a Dirty Jew!