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The Hotness of Male Shiksas

We all know the shiksa. Heartthrob of Woody Allen movies, competitor of Sheila Levine. Blonde. Skinny thigh-ed. Neurosis free. But whither her male counterpart? In Yiddish, we have no term for the sexy Aryan male. Goy doesn’t cut it. We … Read More

By / March 12, 2007

We all know the shiksa. Heartthrob of Woody Allen movies, competitor of Sheila Levine. Blonde. Skinny thigh-ed. Neurosis free. But whither her male counterpart? In Yiddish, we have no term for the sexy Aryan male. Goy doesn’t cut it. We need a specific word, as eroticized and stereotype laden, to convey a very particular object of lust.

The male shiksa, for lack of a better word, is (like the noble, broad-shouldered kibbutznik) is a stock character in Jewish girl coming of age stories. Look at Fiddler on the Roof, when Reb Tevye simply can’t accept his daughter’s desire to marry a Russian. Or Dirty Dancing. That’s practically interracial porn. Johnny (isn’t that always his name), all ripped and dumb and sullen, makes the perfect sexual stopgap to lose your virginity to before finally settling down with a dentist in Massapequa. Generations of Jewish women watch this film religiously. My boyfriend, a blond hunk of man from Erie, PA, remains oblivious to the inter-religious dynamics. Though it made him want to be a dance instructor.

In homage to the male shiksa, here’s a youtube video, which blends my favorite time period with my favorite fetish. Enjoy.

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