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On Gender, Sexuality, and Derech Eretz
People talk about #metoo in terms of patriarchy, of power and sexuality, but these are actually outgrowths of a deeper problem: objectification of another human being.

People talk about #metoo in terms of patriarchy, of power and sexuality, but these are actually outgrowths of a deeper, more profound problem: objectification of another human being.

In this video, recorded in Jerusalem at Rabbinic Torah Study Seminar in July 2018, Elana Stein Hain addresses the dynamics of objectification through the lens of a medieval midrash. In this midrash, objectification is addressed in three ways: through identity and relationships, through circumstances and structures, and through the composition of the midrash itself.

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