Story here.

Discussion (15)¬

  1. Michael says:

    Religious misogyny at work again.

    Rabbi, if you’re that turned on by girls on bicycles then look in another direction or just stay in your house, studying the Torah and dreaming of 6 year olds.

  2. Someone says:

    Even if you took away their religion, a misogynist (and possible pedophile) would still find some way to vent their spleen and ruin something perfectly normal for everyone else, just because girls are doing it. Riding, driving, learning, breathing, the list goes on. Social media is proof of this.
    Having a position of power courtesy of religion however not only emboldens them further, but depressingly gets results.
    I suppose it doesn’t really matter what the faith in question is, a dogmatic asshole is still an asshole.

  3. Laripu says:

    And after all, who doesn’t? 😉

  4. JustATeensyBitStrident says:

    Next thing you know he’ll be marrying them.

  5. raymondm says:

    1 I laughed.
    2 I agree with the basic idea of the strip.
    3 Think of all the images, writings, non-sexual actions that are forbidden by non-religious authorities because we humans find them “provocative.”
    Which leads me to
    4 Human males – regardless of religious belief – are by nature (?) capable of reprehensible behaviour.

  6. Dennis Keller says:

    “Which leads me to
    4 Human males – regardless of religious belief – are by nature (?) capable of reprehensible behaviour.”

    A.) Points 1,2 & 3 don’t lead to point 4, which leads me to
    B.) Ridiculous comment!

  7. jb says:

    From the article it looks as though even the rabbi’s flock kind of sees it Jesus’s way:

    Talkbackers on the Kikar Shabbat haredi news site were less than impressed with the “ruling,” with one retorting that men should “guard their own eyes” instead of issuing bizarre edicts, and others accusing those behind the ruling of being perverse.

    Even the devout have limits.

  8. Forteatwo says:

    Point 4 is probably valid to a degree and does not exclude females necessarily, but certainly to a lesser degree. Sigmund Freud wrote about this extensively in his Civilization and its Discontents.

    Prior to this, in The Future of an Illusion, he wrote about how Religion allows for the sort of misbehavior Jesus and Mo concoct to circumvent bad behavior (Jesus forgives you), in part explaining why religion persists in modern times. Both essays are worthy of your perusal if you’ve not read them.

  9. jveeds says:

    I highly recommend the movie, Wadjda, by a female Saudi filmmaker about a young Saudi girl and her adventures buying and riding a bicycle in public.

  10. M27Holts says:

    I thought that female bicycle saddle sniffing was a well documented sexual paraphilia, wonder if that can be extended to female bicycle voyeurism?

  11. postdoggerel says:

    it’s a sin to watch young girls on bikes,
    which the rabbi severely dislikes.
    one thing that might work is
    to make them wear burkas
    on a ride or a swim or on hikes.

  12. Troubleshooter says:

    Sadly, the problem is less little girls on bicycles than it is little girls, full stop, or more accurately, certain men’s apprehension of those little girls, noting that the girls themselves should be held blameless for who they are. That the aforementioned men don’t appear to have a whole lot of self-control working for them is half the real problem.

    The other half is that they’re willing to blame others for that lack.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is wonderful!

    It reminds me of the work an Australian journalist called Jane Gilmore does.

  14. Deimos says:

    I can’t help but think that Rabbi’s shouldn’t be aware of six year old girls whether they be cycling or not.
    I think it’s likely that one of his flock complained of the temptation and so he naturally blamed the little girl and her parents. I think a sharply worded hand grenade might help him to regain the proper perspective.
    But then again that’s just me.

  15. Laripu says:

    It occurs to me that, in their attempt to achieve heaven, the religious make life for everyone a hell on earth.

    I imagine the little girl who sees others riding their bicycles, and can’t understand why it’s forbidden to her.


NOTE: This comments section is provided as a friendly place for readers of J&M to talk, to exchange jokes and ideas, to engage in profound philosophical discussion, and to ridicule the sincerely held beliefs of millions. As such, comments of a racist, sexist or homophobic nature will not be tolerated.

If you are posting for the first time, or you change your username and/or email, your comment will be held in moderation until approval. When your first comment is approved, subsequent comments will be published automatically.