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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review March 3, 2011 / 27 Adar I, 5771

She Touched You Where?

By Bob Tyrrell

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | A frotteur is someone — usually male — who takes aberrant pleasure in rubbing his fully clothed groin area against someone else — usually female — generally in a public place, say, a subway, perhaps a funeral parlor. The frotteur is a pretty weird duck. The word is obviously French in derivation, and it unsurprisingly has an arty origin. Frottage is "the technique or process of taking a rubbing from an uneven surface," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "to form the basis of a work of art."

Now, there is no national organization of frotteurs, even in France. So I cannot call up a spokesman to ask the particulars of this heretofore-unusual sexual predilection. Possibly in years to come, frotteurs will tire of being harassed on the subway or wherever else they practice their sexual orientation, and they will organize. I suspect, however, they have been reading The New York Times, which is onto a hot story. The Times reports that as many as 6,000 young girls are competing in high-school wrestling, many in competition with boys because their states have no girls category. There are 270,000 boys, presumably all in boys events. So if a frotteur learns at an early age that he/she is inclined toward frottage, he/she will want to try out for the boys wrestling team. Or perhaps he/she can just attend a match and simply watch. Many wrestling matches are conducted in darkened gymnasiums with but four spotlights over the mat.

If he/she can qualify for the 103-pound class, the competition is apparently exquisite. Rachel Hale just won the Vermont state tournament over a young man, though possibly both won, at least if both are frotteurs. Whatever the case, it was a joyous occasion for Hale, who became the first of her sex to win a state championship in boys wrestling. Hale is a 15-year-old freshman, and she is going to have to watch her weight. If she puts on 10 or 15 pounds, she will be in a heavier class. "I don't know any girls competing over 160 and not many over 140," says Kent Bailo, the director of the United States Girls Wrestling Association. "The boys beat them up; they get clobbered. It's no fun."

It was not all fun at the Iowa state boys wrestling championships recently. Braving charges of sexism, Joel Northrup forfeited to a girl in the 112-pound class for ethical and religious reasons. "Wrestling is a combat sport and it can get violent at times," Northrup wrote in a public statement. "As a matter of conscience and my faith, I do not believe that it is appropriate for a boy to engage a girl in this manner. It is unfortunate that I have been placed in a situation not seen in most high school sports in Iowa." A rather eloquent statement, that. Perhaps he had in mind what happened in Vermont, where Hale "kept the boy subdued on his hands and knees, then on his belly," reports the Times, rather excitedly, I would say. "Both wrestlers were 103 pounds of leverage and intent. She hooked her leg tightly around his, flattening his hips (!) toward the mat, trying to turn him on his back and pin his shoulders, careful not to let him score decisive points by escaping or reversing positions or pinning (!) her." As I say, a frotteur might have a good time just sitting in the audience.

Being a high-school student can be confusing nowadays. In the hallways and the cafeteria, one has to be careful where one puts one's hands. But then in the gym, if one is on the wrestling team, one had better be quick to move one's hands fast. Hale "was careless," the Times reports, in "looping one arm around" her opponent's "neck and the other between his legs." The result could have been catastrophe. There are other problems. Language can be loose and authentic, but it also can be hurtful and full of sexism and racism, and, well, it could be insensitive to frotteurs.

Fortunately, among the best and the brightest of Americans turn out to be educators, so they keep our nation's high schools safe and secure. If they did not, it would be a jungle out there.

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