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Who Is Watching All the Porn Marketed to Orthodox Jews?

Screenshot via frumvids.com

If you look hard enough on the internet, you can find just about any porn microniche. There’s incest porn, amputee porn, Mormon porn, and porn that takes place exclusively on trampolines. Rule 34: If you can imagine it, the pornographic version already existsincluding the emerging category of “frum porn,” or porn for ultra-Orthodox Jews.

The term “frum” comes from the Yiddish word meaning “devout” or “pious,” and is generally used to describe the most Orthodox Jewish communities. The popular webcam porn site clips4sale.com currently has 74 videos tagged “frum fetish,” plus another 31 tagged “frum lesbians.” That puts the frum genre somewhere between “Arab MILFs” (196 videos) and “albino fetish” (6 videos).

Many of the videos listed on clips4sale.com come from another site frumvids.com. The site is pay-to-play, but in a teaser video on the homepage, you can see a pair of women in ankle-length skirts and headscarves (a display of modesty) making out and then undressing each other. The whole thing gives off an amateur vibe, with poor lighting and bad video quality.

Modesty is considered a paramount virtue among Orthodox Jews, so the fact that frum porn exists is strange. Frum sects have adopted an ultra-conservative interpretation of the Torah, and adhere to a strict set of Jewish laws governing dress, behavior, and any contact between the sexes.

“In the face of modernity, Orthodox JewsHasidic Jews, in particularhave become even more insistent on modesty with respect to sexuality,” said David Biale, a Jewish studies scholar at the University of California, Davis. “Insofar as they resist the modern world, they resist any kind of sexual license. Women are supposed to dress modestly and not reveal the flesh of their legs or their arms; if they’re married, they don’t reveal their own hair.”

If that’s the case, then what kind of Orthodox Jew would watch frum porn? I asked Nathan Abrams, a Jewish studies scholar who edited the 2008 anthology Jews & Sex. Abrams, who currently teaches film studies at Bangor University, said he’d heard of frum porn, but that he wasn’t quite sure what to make of it.

“When I first came across are pretty weak and the chances of meeting someone are even less,” making porn a more viable outlet.

I asked what made him choose to search for frum porn in the first placewatching pornography on the internet is a serious offense in the Orthodox world, and you don’t get brownie points if the porn you watch involves Orthodox Jews. He replied that he felt “more comfortable with someone from the same background.”

Biale suggested that, for people making their foray into the vast world of internet porn, there’s something comforting about searching for what you knowin this case, the frum world.

“In a world where modesty is such a high value, if these people are indeed Hasidic Jews, they are breaking out of that in the most radical way possible,” he told me. “But what’s fascinating about the internet is that all these things that are private are suddenly out there. It turns out that there is an infinite variety of fetishes, and what the internet does is it allows us to see their existence.”

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