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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]
Modern communication!

I'm back in the world as it is.

And I just got the funniest email - I think it really *isn't* a spam, but I'm not sure.

It's from the producers of "Wife Swap" who are, apparently, looking for filkers. I'm not eligible for this show because we don't have kids (and they've already done Orthodox Jews) but if anyone on my flist wants to be on on a reality show that will make them look weirder than they are - email me and I'll forward it to you. She did say "spread the word."


As someone with second-hand experience with "Wife Swap" (my close friends were the subject of this season's "Wench Swap" episode), I strongly recommend that people walk the other way - rapidly - unless they're extemely secure in who they are, and don't mind being made to look like idiots in front of millions of viewers. My friends are pretty self-aware and self-confident, and it was still an experience they wouldn't repeat; it was traumatizing for their whole family, and the money isn't that good.

I saw that. I also saw the witch episode and a tattooed woman one, and the other side always seem to be rabid Christians (if I were a fundamentalist Christian, I'd be upset about those extremes).

Yeah, they'd go nuts over Orthodox Jewish science fiction fans but even if I had kids - my goodness.

1. NO ONE uses my kitchen unless my husband or I am there to supervise. EVER. That goes for people who keep kosher themselves unless they are familiar with things. I'm very familiar with my mother-in-law's kitchen and have cooked there, but I still prefer having her there to prevent mistakes. Having someone I *don't* know who doesn't know kashrut there without my supervision? No way. And I heard that in Trading Spouses, she didn't respect kashrut, either.

2. I would be very worried about someone else's values in my home. On the other hand, I would NOT want to impose my values on someone else. That's just wrong. I can be plenty judgmental, but it's not my place to impose that on anyone else.

I'd also worry about being made to do things I would feel uncomfortable about in the initial portion - over and above the Jewish aspects of things.

Okay, the idea of *me* taking part in a cultural exchange sounds vaguely like fun (it's the science fiction fan in me), but not at the expense of any kids involved, and not to have anyone's home ridiculed on television.