Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish in America

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Anchor Books, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 396 pages
Traces the author's struggle to assert her feminist identity as a Jew and her Jewish identity as a feminist. Describes her dismay at discovering antisemitism in the guise of anti-Zionism at international women's conferences, where she was criticized for raising Jewish issues in the women's movement. Pp. 205-228, "Anti-Semitism in the Women's Movement" (first published in "Ms." magazine, June 1982), points to parallels between antisemitism and sexism. The women's movement fails to see these similarities, and Jews are the only minority whose rights it denies. Accuses the movement of accepting antisemitic stereotypes - such as the intellectual New Yorker and especially the Jewish-American Princess (JAP) - and thus fostering self-hate among Jewish women. Discusses stereotypes of Jewish women in American movies. Analyzes Black antisemitism and the need for Jewish and Black women to understand each other's loyalties and act on each other's concerns.

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Expressly following the feminist dictum that ``the personal is political,'' Pogrebin (Among Friends, 1986; Family Politics, 1983, etc.), a founding editor of Ms. magazine, mixes memoir with reportage ... Read full review

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Pogrebin, a founding editor of Ms. magazine whose books on feminist thinking include How To Make It in a Man's World ( LJ 4/1/70), here reconciles her Jewish background, which she rejected for almost ... Read full review

Contents

PART TWO DEBORA
47
The High Holy Days
82
My Hanukkah
100
Wandering in the Desert
111
A Bat Mitzvah Sermon
128
When Youre Okay
145
Gatekeepers and Gate Crashers
164
Special Jewish Sorrows
203
Why Feminism Is Good for the Jews
235
From Marjorie Morningstar to Dirty Dancing
256
PART FOUR
273
The International
312
And Finally the P Words
329
Index
387
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