Nice Jewish Girls is such an important read It s an anthology on various Jewish related subjects by Jewish lesbians containing essays poems stories and While this book was at times hard to read I am really happy that I didI loved the variety of media involved in this anthology Instead of it simply being a bunch of essays there were several poems a couple stories and even a recorded conversation being a bunch of essays there were several poems a couple stories and even a recorded conversation some excerpts from letters Also the essays weren t written in super academic language so they were not difficult to comprehend While some of the passages were pretty sad to be expected it s about being a Jewish lesbian in the 80s and even earlier there were some that were empowering that really stuck with me Several lines even made me o ooh out loud which rarely happens My favorite passage was definitely Coffee and Cake I liked the alternative format as a story instead of an essay Also some of the lines were really powerful I was highlighting powerful uotes "sporadically throughout the book but four of those alone are from this one story I "throughout the book but four of those alone are from this one story I reading literature that leaves an impact I have marked several pages to Elena's Conquest go back to and think about deeplyMy only critiue is the way ageaps in relationships were handled It almost brought my rating down to 4 stars Significant age Sister of My Heart gaps were discussed but I felt that they were not condemned at all For example one author in the book talks about how her 13 year old lesbian daughter was involved with a 21 year old woman and the author only expressed being upset with her daughter being a lesbian and being rebellious as opposed to being in a relationship with someone literally almost twice as old as her Also I m not sure if I interpreted this correctly but from my current understanding in a different area of the book an author mentions how she was involved with a teenager when she was presumably an adult The nonchalance about these significant ageaps doesn t sit well with me at all There s already pervasive stereotypes about ay people being pedophiles and it s very uncomfortable to realize that these stereotypes although taken to an extreme have at least somewhat of a basis in realityOverall my opinion of the book was very high Some passages really stuck with me and I found myself wanting to stop and annotate to really think about the text which is something I had never experienced before I have some critiues but the ood outweighed the bad I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn about the experience of Jewish lesbians because this book opens a very honest open and needed dialogue I really really loved this book I loved the sense of being deep into an anthology that was so catered to my experiences in the world as a Jewish lesbian to experiences like mine There were many themes in here I had felt for years but somehow had never. A stunning collection of angry bitter proud and joyful writing poetry stories histor.
Evelyn Torton Beck Ó 1 FREE DOWNLOADUtions from black Jewish women Because the volume I read was from the 1970s its politics concerning Israel have a markedly different tone which is useful for me for context It s an incredible book that tries to do a lot of things with itself It doesn t cover all round and many of its contributors have been the subject of "heated debate and scrutiny many for ood reason but it was important when it was written and is eually "debate and scrutiny many for ood reason but it was important when it was written and is eually now I skipped the part on
ISRAEL SOME REALLY GREAT ESSAYS THIS WAS GREAT GOODSome really reat essays This was Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story great Good Jewish lesbian read which isn t something Iet to say often Definitely still timely not much I can say beyond that I just definitely appreciate it Most of the IP stuff is very dated but still interesting and worth reading The antisemitism and homophobia stuffis very How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly--and the Stark Choices Ahead good and definitely still relevant today Irena Klepfisz and Melanie Kaye Kantrowitz zl especially remain essential reading pleased to announce that aood like nine months after i 1 found this at the hyde park used book sale but didn t buy it because i was just briefly stopping by not making my Big Haul Purchase 2 made two friends ay male allies one could say hide it for me so no one else would snag it in my absence 3 made a photo of me holding this book my twitter icon after my sister took said photo at a dessert potluck my apartment hosted i actually read this book it swhat you would expect of a jewish lesbian anthology from the eighties as specific as that might seem something close to but vastly different from a sort of jewish lesbian life now cute entertaining fascinating lives valuable as history not really as living uide the opinions of israellevel of zionist commitment here were ratherunexpectedly positivehigh but that may just be commitment here were ratherunexpectedly positivehigh but that may just be speaking all the same the than once expressed opinion that one can t disentangle anti zionism and anti semitism was startling disappointing i pin this on the majority perspective of ashkenazi jews with living experiences of the holocaust holocaust related trauma which somehow as a Dumb Millennial i didn t realize an adult in the 1980s could havebeen in and survived a welcome attempt to attend to the experiences of non ashkenazi jews jews of color some embarrassing fiction some very embarrassing poetry even the irena klepfizs who i read in a class once and seemed pretty ood then one wishes the adrienne rich essay were accompanied by poetry et cetera One of the best books I have ever read If you want to learn about the History of intersectionality I highly suggest this book It offers a wide variety of stories and personal anecdotes on the history of intersectionality before intersectionality was even a term Though dated I absolutely loved this anthology I loved reading about the history of my community and being able to relate to so much of it A worthwhile rea. Hter relationships new and updated material on Israel and new poetry and photographs. Consciously realized that of course other Jewish dykes exist And may "feel the same way Things like How as a 3rd eneration "the same way Things like How as a 3rd Moonrise generation of still living Holocaust survivors and as a Jewish woman the familial pressure to have children and provide anothereneration named after our ancestors is strong Or how as an Israeli born woman I feel distinctly judged for my short hair and lack of feminine presentation misgendered despite being uite obviously female Or ties between how as a Jewish woman and as a lesbian I am seen as pushy domineering Or how the word lesbit in Hebrew always felt dirty in my mouth feministit just awkward how our language is not built mouth feministit just awkward how our language is not built us How Israeli and Jewish views of womanhood complicate my life That sense that how safe I feel in Jewish spacesin Israel as a Jew and how safe I feel in women s spacessurrounded by dykes as a lesbian have something in common And that often each space lacks what the other holds for meI knew these things I d thought about them I d talked about them Not always as Jewish experiences but just as my life Seeing them written articulated by other Jewish lesbians written in this book published nearly a decade before I was even born something about that was really published nearly a decade before I was even born something about that was really to me This book Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi gave me a lot of comfort and sense of belonging and context for understanding my own life putting things together in a way that clicks for me And as an aside there was even a photograph of a Jewish lesbian in this book who shares my name talk about representationThe only thought I have is that I would love to have seen a sabra sabrit Israeli dyke featured here Even an Americanizedexpat type but just someone with an Israeli family with those expectations with Hebrew that heavilyendered and religious language forming her reality I think that might have been harder to coordinate in the early 1980 s so it s not really a criticism but if there were ever a second anthology I d really hope to see Israeli women talk about Israeli lesbian experiences too not just as fascinating and relevant to me as they were to me the experiences of American women who had lived in Israel a classic a must read for Jewish Lesbians and the people that love them I read one of the earlier editions of this book from the 1970s It s an incredible historical document and thrillingly includes fairly early work by writers like Adrienne Rich and Elana Dykewomon that would become even prominent in their circles over the coming enerations In the early edition I read many of the contributors were Holocaust survivors or people whose families had immigrated in the years immediately preceding there are also some contributors from Arab countries whose families fled in the wake of anti Jewish measures their states enacted in the wake of Israel s founding In addition there are a couple contrib. Y analysis autobiography on Jewish lesbian identity With a new section on motherdaug. .