You've got Shiksappeal. Jewish men love the idea of meeting a woman that's not like their mother.
The tendency of some Jewish male characters in media to be paired with possibly non-Jewish female characters ("Shiksa" in Yiddish.) These women are often blonde and blue eyed
(although shiksas need not be albino, just non-Jewish). Jewish society traditionally looks down on its members marrying outside the faith, and, since early Jewish comedy writers were almost always male, it stands to reason that they would be the ones depicted marrying out.*
It might be the case that Jews often find themselves in the minority in most populations, and therefore surrounded by shiksas (or "goyim," to use the unisex term).
The word shiksa
is the female counterpart to the Hebrew word shegetz
, a derogatory slur applied to young male Gentiles. It means "loathsome one" or "scoundrel". In turn, it comes from an even older word, sheketz
, meaning "abomination". As a result, shiksa
can carry Unfortunate Implications
, particularly in the context of intermarriage. It's also Yiddish slang for "whore," which should make you feel all warm and cozy using it as a catch-all for non-Jewish women.
The champion of Jewish beauty, and rival to the Shiksa Goddess
is the Shayna Maidel
(Yiddish slang, it literally means "a pretty girl", though typically applied to a Jewish woman).
The inversion of Shiksa Goddess
is Matzo Fever
, which is about non-Jews having this reaction to Jews.
No Real Life Examples
- Judd Apatow is in love with this trope, with Knocked Up probably the most notable example. One need only look to the fact that he married Leslie Mann to see the inspiration.
- Annie Hall: The contrast between Annie's white-bread Midwestern WASP family and (Allen's character) Alvy's Brooklyn Jewish family is frequently Played for Laughs. One of the working titles was even Me and My Goy. Some other films by Woody Allen also qualify. His two longest relationships have been with Mia Farrow and Soon-yi Previn who are both non-Jews.
- The fake trailer for "Cleopatra Schwartz" in Kentucky Fried Movie paired a Hasidic Jew with a Blaxploitation heroine.
- The wedding in American Pie III is all about this, which is mildly ironic, as the Gentile bride is played by the Half-Irish/Half-Jewish Alyson Hannigan and the Jewish groom is played by the Roman Catholic, Italian-American Jason Biggs. who is often mistaken for a Jew.
- Robert Redford was the male version for Barbra Streisand in The Way We Were.
- Tales from the Crypt Presents: Bordello of Blood, is an interesting example of this and Matzo Fever in the romance between Katherine Verdoux and Rafe Guttman. For such a gleefully trashy film, it's got a very interesting subtext about interconfessional romance.
- Yoine Shagal, the Jewish innkeeper of The Fearless Vampire Killers, is comically lusting after his Christian maidservant, the beautiful blonde Magda, though considering what his wife looks like he'll probably take anything.
- In The Social Network, a Jewish character states that Jews like Asian girls because they're smart and not Jewish. The Jewish fraternity party seems to be entirely populated by Jewish guys and Asian girls.
- The author Judith Krantz likes to put them in almost every book. Possibly the most memorable fetishing character is Blue Blood My Girl Is a Slut Jessica in Scruples, who only boffs Jewish guys because they run in different social circles, so her reputation among the other Blue Blood types is safe. She also rates men on a scale of 1-10 and boinks Jewish nines. When asked what will happen if she ever meets a Jewish ten, she answers, "Run like a thief, I hope." Nope, when it happens she marries him.
- Trilby is perhaps the Ur Example.
- Tracy Bacon from Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay is presented as a gay male version of this trope
- The titular character from Jeffery Archer's short story, Christina Rosenthal, certainly qualifies.
- Elaine's "Shiksappeal", from Seinfeld. Somewhat ironically the character was originally intended to be Jewish (after all, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is, and she's distantly related to one of the most famous French Jews in history, Alfred Dreyfus).
- Sandy and Kirsten Cohen of The O.C.
- Sex and the City:
- Charlotte converts to Judaism for Harry, who she ends up marrying. Charlotte to Harry: "I give up Jesus for you, and you can't even give up the Mets?!"
- In an early season, Charlotte sleeps with an Orthodox Jewish artist whose work she's evaluating.
- House notes that Cuddys' mom is "...a Shiksa." Apparently she converted when she married Cuddy's father. She's also a bitch.
- On The Nanny, Fran frequently refers to Maggie as a Shiksa Goddess. This ended up becoming foreshadowing when Maggie actually does marry a Jewish boy in the final season.
- The Big Bang Theory:
- On 3rd Rock from the Sun, Harry teases Dick and Tommy for dating "blonde shiksa goddesses" Mary and August. Possibly a subversion, as they're not really Jewish, or even human. Their landlady dubbed them with a Jewish identity because they had the last name "Solomon", and she didn't know they took it off the side of a truck (of the actors playing the Solomons, only Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Jewish in Real Life).
- In an episode of Cold Case it's learned that the victim of the week had been disowned by his father because of his (the victim's) intent to abandon plans to attend dental school, and marry a non-Jewish woman, whom he (the father) outright describes as a "Shiksa".
- Referenced by name in the American version Being Human: Josh's sister Emily thinks he's jealous because she hooked up with a Shiska Goddess before he did.
- Glee has Puck (who's Jewish) having feelings for blonde hair and Christian Quinn
- Melanie calls Lindsay her shiksa goddess at one point.
- The band Say Anything released a single called "Shiksa (Girlfriend)" and wondering how he landed a non-Jewish girlfriend. Ironically, Max Bemis converted to Christianity when he got married.
- The Bible has Jezebel, a Phoenician Baal worshipping princess, marrying the Israelite King Ahab. It's a false conversion due to her intentions to wipe out the original Hebrew religion and replace it with her Canaanite religion of worshipping the idols Ba'al and Asherah.
- The musical The Last Five Years, which actually has a song titled "Shiksa Goddess"
- This was one of the principal tropes in Abie's Irish Rose. Abie's father wouldn't stand for any Nice Jewish Boy marrying a non-Jewish girl, so Abie has to trick his father into believing that Rose Mary Murphy is actually Rosie Murpheski. The father doesn't find out the ruse until the Jewish wedding ceremony is well underway. The play was a huge success in the 1920s, despite the fact that the critics universally agreed that it was absolutely terrible.
- Played for Drama in The Shivah. Rabbi Stone excommunicated Jack Lauder from his synagogue for pursuing a relationship with Rajshree. As a man, Stone truly wished both of them happiness. But as a conservative rabbi, he couldn't condone their union.
- Kim Possible: Ron Stoppable is a Jew while his girlfriend Kim a gentile.
- Implied in Phineas and Ferb, Isabella Garcia-Shapiro is Mexican-Jewish.
- Rare gender reversal: In Danny Phantom, the Jewish Sam has sexual tension with the Gentile Danny.