by Esther Ann Asch

A Vagina-Friendly UJA-Federation

February2003: Imagine 30 of the most prominent women in the New York Jewish community—including author Letty Cottin Pogrebin, philanthropist Barbara Dobkin, Jewish Home and Hospital CEO Audrey Weiner, past Hadassah president Marlene Post, AOL marketing director Jackie Stone, UJA-Federation campaign chair Susie Stern, Broadway producer Daryl Roth, Lebenthal and Company president Alexandra Lebenthal —sitting on two rows of stools on a stage in front of 1300 people. “My vagina is a shell, a round pink tender shell opening and closing,” shouts one. Says Lisa Perr: “My short skirt and everything under it is Mine, Mine, Mine.” Vagina, says another, sounds like an infection, maybe a medical instrument (“Hurry, nurse, bring me the vagina.”), “In Great Neck,” another woman yells, “they call it a pussycat, in Westchester a pokie, in New Jersey a twat, and a split knish in Philadelphia.” Susie Stern, with great abandon, demonstrated a variety of fake orgasms. The audience cheered, clapped, applauded, cried, yelled, and stamped their feet.

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