Take the terms
- New York City
and I bet you’re subconsciously (or perhaps consciously if you’re sociologically savvy) associating them together. That very association is one of the internal struggles I face when perpetuating the creation of this blog – who is it for? Who’s reading it? Who’s really getting something out of it? And then there’s the other problem – I don’t want these words to be associated with each other because I want the definition of Judaism to expand to the masses who identify as Jewish and these labels just don’t allow for that. Also, how can I speak for those these words do not account for when these words account for me?
My brain started whirring with these terms as I researched one of my fave feminist books, Girldrive. As soon as I finish this post, I’m heading over to Bluestockings to listen to some serious feminist voices like those of Jennifer Baumgardner, Nona Willis Aronowitz, and Susan Bee. These women have so much in common and one of these traits is that they are all Jewish.
When asked if she and co-author Emma Bee Bernstein gave any thought to their privilege when writing Girldrive, Aronowitz wrote, “We realized that we were two white, Jewish, college-educated New Yorkers, but we also knew that we were lucky enough to have the intellectual and cultural capital to propel a movement we believe in.“
I am still struggling to discover why exactly Judaism and privilege are so closely connected in American society, but I can totally get behind the work Emma and Nona have done with Girldrive and with using their learned privilege for good. This blog is a work of the intellectual and cultural capital I have experienced and I wish to propel this movement I believe in…for everyone who wants to embrace it.