The Mainstream Misogyny of the Nice Jewish Boy

Often, he’s mentioned with a wink, a smile, and a tongue planted firmly in cheek. But almost as often, he’s discussed with seriousness. He comes up when the niece is planning to marry a Protestant, a Catholic (worse), a Muslim (god-forbid!), or any other manner of goyish brute. He is everything a parent would want for their daughter. He is, of course, straight.

Thoughtful, studious, sensitive, successful, and a caring provider, he is the opposite of threatening. He will always be there with a funny joke, an understanding glance, and the utmost respect for his parents and yours. He is made of better stock than the gentile suitors, and it shows. He is the man, the myth, the legend: the Nice Jewish Boy.

2 comments on “The Mainstream Misogyny of the Nice Jewish Boy

  1. Elana Luban on

    As a female student at Yeshiva University who witnesses quite a bit of the above-described behavior, it would be impossible not to agree…
    This hits the nail right on the head — thank you for putting into words what we’ve all been thinking!

  2. Joy B on

    Thank you for this insightful, thought provoking article. I’ve recently witnessed the behaviors described above and they seem accurate.

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