Negative Stereotyping of Jewish Women

Negative Stereotyping of Jewish Women (1988)

Jewish American Princess “JAP” jokes, far from being harmless humor, are forms of negative stereotyping and prejudice which demean Jewish women. There is a growing use of the negative stereotype of a Jewish American Princess (JAP) as materialistic, self-indulgent, greedy and spoiled. This myth seems to have enjoyed a growing acceptance among Jews and non-Jews alike, as a result of increased marketing of materials (i.e. greeting cards, joke books, jewelry and T-shirts) that promulgate this negative image for mass consumption.

Women’s League for Conservative Judaism urges its affiliates:

  1. To discontinue the sale of “JAP” items in their Judaica/Gift Shops.
  2. To discontinue the use of the term “JAP”.
  3. To educate their members and the larger community that the “JAP” stereotype is anti-woman, anti-Semitic, and demeaning.
  4. To work to raise the consciousness of their congregations and communities to the subtleties of discrimination in our daily lives.