Sometimes, I want to be told what to think; I want to be given an opinion ready-made on a silver platter so I can do the fun job of protesting without the hard work of assessing the why. That is, after all, why I will read the op-eds before the front page and why I absolutely adore inhaling the wealth of beliefs given to me by savvy blogs.
But now I have my own blog and I must do the dirty work of finding out where I stand. And guess what? Today, I disagree with a post on an opinion source I otherwise agree with. Jewcy usually provides a refreshingly progressive and stylish take on Jewish life. With categories like sex, lifestyle, and artists, this young source for Jewish media has some great opinions I am more than happy to latch onto, but this post entitled “Jewesses: Officially Hot” doesn’t sit so well. It seems like a poorly allocated celebration of the acknowledgment of Judaism as sexy. But let me say this: objectification does not connote sexiness.
I believe this
to be appalling. The men’s magazine Details in their oh-so-classy “dating + cheating” section has published an article that depicts “why American men are lusting after women of the tribe.” This is yet another sexist portrayal of stereotyped ethnicity where the given ethnicity is fetishized for being “exotic.” Not to mention that Jewish women come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, which this article certainly does not acknowledge in a physical and sexual stereotyping tirade.
Jewish women who assimilate into a predominantly Christian society/workforce are neither “cultural mutts like Rachel Weisz, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and Rachel Bilson” nor are they “like the Catholic-schoolgirl fetish” and it is unbelievably creepy to think of this apparently common “desire to dominate a Jewish chick” simply because she is “one of the tribe.”
This whole article terrifies me because through it, Jewish women are objectified as this one homogeneous group that is there only to serve/be dominated by the patriarchal WASP consumer culture with subscriptions to this sexist stereotyping magazine.
So I have formed my own opinion and it is a strong one and through writing (a whole lot) about these sexist wrongs, this Jewess Jewish feminist has gotten stronger.