December 06, 2004


It's a well-established phenomenon to most single Jewish males, and now the New York Times has seized upon it: non-Jews signing up for JDate.

If you've ever been a JDater, you've seen them: girls with screennames like "ShiksaGoddess" and "Shiksappeal." The ones who check off the "unaffiliated" box under "religious denomination." Most are upfront, but others are more clandestine- in fact, I'd say lies about actual Jewishness are the third most common JDate deception (behind false ages, and false/old photos).

The reason? According to the Times, it's that non-Jewish females see Jewish guys as "good catches," while "a lot of girls think that Jewish guys know how to treat women, so they want one." Left unmentioned is that whole twin-stereotype thing about Jews having money and girls wanting it, but I guess the editor must've cut that out in favor of multiple mentions of "all those traditions."

Personally, I love Jewish women, but never liked JDate- it's just dozens and dozens of women who look alike with all the same answers to every question. In fact, a buddy of mine dubbed it "The Video Game"- because you click through it, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and object of the game is to save the princess.

Esther, the Blogosphere's foremost authority on JDate, has more.

Posted by Stephen Silver at December 6, 2004 03:02 AM

let them have the jewesses ... i for one am done with them.

Posted by: LilB at December 6, 2004 03:40 AM

Ooh, Steve. You just got linked for your video game analogy. That LilB sounds bitter...maybe I could hook him up!

Posted by: Esther at December 6, 2004 10:52 AM

Hey--now all of Brandeis will be on Jdate!

Posted by: jaws at December 6, 2004 11:20 AM

esther ... LOL ... nah I'm just still shell-shocked from 4 years at 'deis. and currently happily dating the least jewish woman on earth ...

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