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'Chasidim on the Fringe': New Edgy Website

A frum friend recently suggested I take a look at Unpious.com, a website of “news, commentary, and writings by and for Hasidim on the fringe.” The word “fringe,” in this case, is not a reference to tzitzit, but to the type of Hasid who supposedly writes for Unpious—ambivalent and sex-obsessed.

The essays on Unpious.com tend to fall into two categories. Some are based around transgressions that will seem relatively mild to more secular readers, like visits to strip clubs or spanking fantasies. Other essays explore the contradictions and difficulties of religious life.

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