P. On This Same Thread of Immutability: Letter to NYC Mayor De Blasio and a Talk with Sara Haines of “The View”
Except for one paragraph in the following letter’s postscript, the below, with only slight editing, was sent to NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, on March 31, 2017 (the postscript’s additional paragraph was sent, as a supplement, on April 3).
Dear Mayor de Blasio:
It is a pleasure to be in contact again! (If you remember, before you were mayor, you and I led, with Assemblyman Dov Hikind, state Senator Eric Adams, and Norman Siegel, a 2011 march against anti-Semitism in Brooklyn.) I write, on the last day of Women’s History Month, about an NYPD issue that both revolves around female officers and has dramatic local, national, and international implications: a few nights ago, I spoke with two remarkable policewomen [names and badge numbers, here, removed]. Our conversation led to my asking whether, in police academy, they were warned that the oft rough-and-tumble nature of policing could lead a female officer to suffer the repercussion of infertility. They responded that they were not warned; and, while they had, as all officers, recognized policing’s potential risk to their lives, they had never, before my question, specifically considered policing’s unfortunate capacity to leave them unable to bear young.
Their response led me to recognize a possible legal risk to the City of New York. For example:
· OSHA regulations require employers to educate employees properly about job risks;
· severe stomach-area stab wounds to females could, via various avenues, trigger infertility, and the FBI reports that knives and other sharp objects are implicated in nearly 2% of all assaults on officers;
· car-crash injuries can, also, lead to female infertility, and emergency responders are several times more likely to be in a vehicular accident;
· loss of fertility can be mentally devastating;
· many consider the love bond between a mother and a child the greatest emotion that a human can experience; and
· a prospective, female cadet warned about any increased danger of infertility associated with policing would likely, in her pro-and-con assessment about her entering the profession, lay such a danger heavily upon the cons’ stack. Meaning, a lack of warning is significant because, and as with the two female officers, such a con may otherwise remain unconsidered.
The following was, also, discussed with these policewomen: because the police academy failed to warn females about this extra danger of infertility, woman officers could possibly sue or leverage the NYPD into creating some sort of division of labor in the Force so that they were less frequently placed in fertility-risking circumstances.
Two gentlemanly, male officers [names and badge numbers, here, removed] joined us for part of this conversation about a lack of warning to women about on-the-job fertility dangers. After the men left, these two policewomen instantly agreed (1) that male police officers who were good guys acted protectively towards female officers; and (2) that male officers who treated female officers fairly, to the degree of equally sharing danger, were bad guys.
Also, these two policewomen agreed both (1) that it would be unfair to women officers to send them into the same danger as males wherever circumstances were such so that females were at a greater risk of infertility than their male cohorts; and (2) that in dangerous circumstances, it would be unfair to male cops to have them work side-by-side with female officers because the good-guy men (which is what one hopes that all policemen are), acting protectively toward female cohorts, would be under greater stress due to an additional consideration.
Finally, these women officers agreed that our conversation’s conclusions, to which they thought other policewomen would concur, turned modern Western culture on its head.
The day after my dialogue with these officers, I had a fortuitous meeting with Sara Haines, co-host of ABC’s The View; and, besides other subjects, we discussed the above-mentioned policing issue. For that reason, I bcc her on this email. Too, I bcc Barnard College President Debora Spar [who, unbeknownst to me, had, when I sent this letter to Mayor de Blasio, left Barnard], due to her and I, not long ago, having had a back-and-forth dialogue on a similar subject (Barnard, as you know, is all-female). Due to this topic’s broad ramifications, I, also, copy Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, Police Commissioner O’Neill, and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
I look forward to your action and response!
God bless you, the Police Force, NYC, and America! . . .
Rabbi Chaim Gruber
P.S. This postscript, revolving around a discussion of a woman’s monthly cycle, is of a peculiar nature. However, when reading this PS to its end, it should be recognized that the contained ideas, if correct, spotlight a previously unrecognized cause of countless past and continuing deaths. Therefore, with grace but without embarrassment, I am under ethical obligation to raise this matter that some may consider bizarre:
Due to Sara Haines’ prompting, we, also, discussed Levitical rules that dictate that a male sitting upon a seat sat upon by a menstruating woman would acquire an “impurity.” I explained this seemingly-but-not-genuinely anachronistic rule as follows: women, when menstruating, are placed into a position of division for the sake of rebirth (this “division” has been poorly translated as “impurity”). As I understand, such women carry a particular energy that can, like static electricity, be passed to objects and persons. Men coming into contact with such a divisive energy can acquire it, with the effect being a diffusing of their mental, one-track-mind acuity.
I mention this, to say the least, revelatory conversation with Ms. Haines because I am convinced that this energy transfer, while subtle, is real. By “real,” I mean to the degree of its ability to interfere with male job performance that requires strict focus, such as during a dangerous situation demanding that a man not, even for a moment, remove his eyes from a subject or an event.
As I know, scientific studies regarding the effects of this energy transfer have not been carried out. Nonetheless, I am, as mentioned, convinced that this Biblical rule, far from being anachronistic, is, rather, a matter-of-fact statement of what naturally occurs when a man comes into contact with this energy created by a menstruating woman. Hence, were there scientific studies, I am certain that my belief would be substantiated.
As this pertains to the NYPD, were, say, a study carried out on policing car accidents, I believe that what would be discovered were that, with all other variables controlled, male drivers—who, prior to a vehicular chase, sat upon seats where a menstruating woman had sat—were more likely to crash than those officers who had not. Moreover, I am certain that were a study carried out on female officers involved in car crashes, eye-opening information would come forward about how changes in a woman's monthly cycle could greatly influence driver safety.
Sad note: Three months after the date of the above letter, Miosotis Familia, a female, NYPD officer, RIP, was brutally assassinated in the line of duty. As a profound sign from the LORD, “myosotis,” in Spanish, is English’s “forget-me-not” flower; and, “familia” is “family.”