… as seen in the personal ads in Melbourne Star Observer Weekly gay and lesbian newspaper on 31 October 1997 (p.31)
Ha! What a gem. I had to check if that could have been me, but I was only 28 the time.
A minor correction. In 1997 Melbourne Star Observer, or “MSO” as it was called on the streets, was not the same publication that the Star Observer is in 2013. MSO was part of the Satellite Media Group that collapsed in 2000. Some history on that here.
Thanks for that little trip down memory lane.
interesting that you find it a “gem” – to me it speaks of the misogyny and antisemitism that exists against jewish women in so many jewish communities. the idea that jewish women are controlling and overbearing, and that any connection with them is oppressive. i feel like whoever placed this ad should feel pretty ashamed of themselves, and should have worked through their own dislike of jewish women in general/their jewish mother in particular, rather than put such messages out in public.
thanks for the correction – i had multiple tabs open when i was writing the post and accidentally posted the wrong link. fixed now.
Wikipedia has a page on the Jewish mother stereotype. It’s out there…
Thanks for that corrected link to the State Library of Victoria. There’s an even more interesting history of the paper there. Wow. In 1998 MSO was owned by Oz Media. I remember now, Satellite Media bought it out the year later.
Oops, I meant 1997.
oh, i’m not doubting that the stereotype of the overbearing Jewish mother exists – there’s been plenty written about it in all sorts of places, and most people with jewish mothers have participated in furthering the discourse, i would imagine. doesn’t mean though that it’s not a sexist and antisemitic stereotype. i’m sure you’d agree that stereotypes are often quite offensive!
Yes, stereotypes can be offensive, and wrong.
As for this being anti-semitic, I doubt it, considering the person placing the advertisement is Jewish and is seeking a Jewish partner. It’s probably more a sign the advertiser is unable to tell their mother to butt out of their life and can’t handle a relationship with another person having similar issues to them.
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