The Jewish American Princess – Beyond the Stereotype

by The Take


Jewish Americans have created some of the world’s most beloved movies and shows. So it might be surprising that, when it comes to onscreen representation, Jewish characters are often reduced to stereotypes. Jewish women especially tend to fall into a few well-trodden character types, one of which is the “Jewish American Princess.” The phrase is traditionally a derogatory term applied to a certain kind of upper- or upper-middle class Jewish American young woman, but this stereotype has sometimes been acknowledged and claimed by female Jewish creators. Here’s our Take on the role this complicated character plays in film and TV, and how Jewish representation onscreen can move beyond the stereotypes.

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