Monday, November 22, 2010

Convert Confessions: I Hate Jewish Self-Deprication

"It may sound like I'm whining, but I'm just Jewish. That's how we communicate."

Le sigh, the things I don't want to hear at a law school lecture. Do other religious/ethnic groups buy into the stereotypes about them? You know, other than us stupid Southerners :) Jews certainly buy into the Jewish stereotypes. Self-deprication is a Jewish artform, but probably also the source of all the Jewish comedians of the world. But that doesn't make it healthy or right.

And that's what grinds my gears.

1 comment:

  1. I feel Southerners are one of the most unfairly portrayed people on the planet. I'll be honest and declare that I've always been a Confederate sympathiser. These people stood up, they lost, and the winners wrote history.

    I do find that few people indulge in the stereotypes about them as much as the Jews. Turning that into humour isn't so bothersome to me at all, though. My own father spouts some great self-deprecating humour drawing on his Irishness. Finding something to laugh about this kind of stuff might be healthy, and in practice detaching yourself from the stereotype as well.