August 11, 2011
A new generation of Jewish actresses ups the ante for Jewish women
I guess I should blame my college concentration in women’s studies for focusing my attention on the social, economic and political realities facing women. It sure beat math class. Though once you begin to see various narratives through a particular lens, you can’t go back, you can only add.
My attention to female narrative is thus automatic and ingrained, not only because I observe women but because I am one, and it’s only natural that it should inform the way I see the world. This affects people I meet, books I read, and among countless other things, the way I watch movies.
I can’t help but notice issues of representation in Hollywood, especially where they pertain to women, because of the immense influence Hollywood has on cultural ideas and attitudes.
The subject of this week’s Jewish Journal cover story is an attempt to investigate and understand how a new generation of Jewish actresses is subverting stereotypical notions of Jewish women.
Anyone who is thinking, “Of course she’d write nice things about Jewish girls, she is one!”—well yes (except in class they’d say, ‘You’re not a girl! You’re a WOMYN!”) but I don’t write Hollywood history, I only repeat it.
Read the rest here