Well, the BIG DAY is coming up--a day to reinforce our commitment to Orthodoxy at a major New York Area sports stadium. No, I'm not talking about the Siyum HaShas (although Builder is getting tickets for the whole family, including the Things and Queen Mom). I'm talking about the Internet asifa at Citi Field.
I wasn't planning on going. Good thing, too, because the asifa is only for men.
Halachic justifications aside (I guess the mechitza fund was used up for the Siyum HaShas, and they couldn't scrape up another quarter million), I think I know why. The main talking point that comes up again and again, is that the Internet is the source of tumah. (For my non-Orthodox readers, the translation of tumah is below):
Of course, we ladies do not fall prey to this tumah. We're on a higher spiritual level. (Insert laugh/gag/note of disgust here.)
And that's what bothers me. A man must avoid the Internet lest he develop a porn addiction. He cannot control his lust in the sight of an uncovered toe, or a wig on a styrofoam stand. However, HE IS IN CHARGE! If men have so little self-control (and the Torah is nothing if not self-control), why are they the ones who get to tell us what to do? Why do they paskin all the shailos? Why do they get semicha? Why not let the ladies (who after all, are so much higher and less likely to fall prey to tumah) have some authority too?