Especially the blacks and the Jews...

Adam, who walks in all worlds, responds to yesterdays comparison between black and Jewish women:


Actually I think there's more overlap here than anyone imagines -- Jewish women have, in the past, routinely been stereotyped as ugly, frigid, demanding, and spoiled. I didn't know many Jewish girls outside of Hebrew School growing up, because I went to public school here in DC, but I remember having entire classes set up around discussing the anti-Semitic sexism of the term "JAP" and how ubiquitous it had become at certain colleges. The whole joke of that "shiksappeal" routine on Seinfeld back in the day was that, while Jewish men think Jewish women are kind of meh, Jewish men find shiksas (non-Jewish women) irresistible. One can read Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint and Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks, as virtual companion pieces. In both there's a notion of idealized white womanhood that excludes Jewish women and black women...

There's frustration over the way Jewish women are often stereotyped, but I don't get the impression that there are many Jewish women who read Jewish men dating non-Jewish women the way some black women look at black men dating interracially. It's more that, in general, there are a lot of sexist and anti-Semitic notions of how Jewish women are that people still seem to subscribe to, and a standard of beauty that says it's better to look like Scarlett Johansson than Rachel Weisz, just like some people still think it's better to look like Mariah Carey than Megan Good.

Blasphemy. I went through a Scarlett phase, but Rachel Weisz melts faces. And Megan Good is, well, Megan Good. That said, Saw V? Come on girl...