• The Unorthodox Podcast Asks: Is It Okay to Say 'JAP'?

    3 monthes ago - By Tablet Magazine

    Among us Jews, we say things we wouldn't say on the outside. It's family, it's mishpochah , so we don't have to watch our tongue. But there are lines we won't cross. And for some of us, “JAP” is that line.
    Mark, who doesn't take offense easily, says the word “JAP” offends him. He associates the acronym for “Jewish American Princess” with the blatantly misogynist jokes his youth, which played on stereotypes of the Jewish woman as basically the worst kind of wife, a frigid, whiny, overspender: “What does a JAP make for dinner? Reservations.” “What do you call a JAP on a waterbed? Lake Placid.”
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  • Is It Okay to Say 'JAP'?

    Is It Okay to Say 'JAP'?

    3 monthes ago - By Tablet Magazine

    Among us Jews, we say things we wouldn't say on the outside. It's family, it's mishpochah , so we don't have to watch our tongue. You wouldn't catch one of us saying “That show is really Jewy” while waiting for an appointment at the neighborhood salon, wouldn't hear us saying, “That actor? Yeah, he's a big old Jew” in line at Panera. But talking to each other? Most anything goes. We might even drop the occasional “Yid” or “Heeb”-affectionately, of course.
    But there are lines we won't cross. And for some of us , “JAP” is that line. I associate the acronym for “Jewish American Princess” with...
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