I don't agree. Look, I'm no fan of Orthodoxy, but the Orthodox women of today's world are Orthodox by choice. Any one of them can toss the frum clothes and head for a Reform shul or change religions or live a totally secular life. One friend of mine did just that--it was a gut-wrenching choice for her, to leave the community she grew up in, but she knew it wasn't for her. She's happily secular now, and warming to Reform Judaism.cnorman18 wrote:By today's standards, Orthodox Judaism is repressive of women and limits their rights and independence . . .
And another friend of mine left secularity for Orthodox Judaism--and she's quite happy being Orthodox, thank you very much. She does not feel repressed and her rights haven't been trampled. How could they be? She's a U.S. citizen. Even if you're Orthodox in Jerusalem there's nothing to stop you from taking the next bus to Tel Aviv.
Orthodox Judaism isn't egalitarian--no doubt about that. But the women who want it to be--or want it to be to a greater extent--either join the Orthodox feminist movement or join another branch of Judaism. So I don't view Orthodox women as "repressed" or as having "trampled rights." They're just women who have made different choices than I have.