The Family Flamboyant: Race Politics, Queer Families, Jewish by Marla Brettschneider

By Marla Brettschneider

Interrogates the normative heterosexual family members from feminist, Jewish, and queer views.

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S. was select groups of Jews’ entry into the economic middle class. Part of the “cost” of that whiteness was the classed expectations of assimilation to certain sets of norms related to sex/gender/ sexuality. New ideas of the Jewish man as businessman, or man of the professions, emerge as a stereotype. 55 Nice Jewish girls are then expected to be quiet, not feisty. New Jewish women are then supposed to Whitens Whites, Keeps Colors Bright 35 be “kept,” not working outside the home with an independent income base and bearer of strong opinions.

Census Bureau kept changing the boxes you could fill out, meaning the racial options one could fit into (or not) actually changed. Sometimes Latina/ os and Native Americans are white, sometimes black, sometimes in a mid range classified as people of color. Sometimes what mattered to certain people was the extent to which they were whiteable/white-able, able to become white. Whitens Whites, Keeps Colors Bright 23 What does the color line mean in these contexts? Where are Jews? Where am I, Euro-Ashkenazi Jew: white/not-white?

I was born into and raised by a Jewish family. There are about six million Jews in the United States today. I am among the approximately four to five million Ashkenazi (European) Jews living in the United States. When asked my racial identity, if given the chance, 22 The Family Flamboyant I say Ashkenazi Euro-Jewish: a descriptive term I hope, yet specifically chosen to be responsible in identifying European/white privilege, simultaneously staking my claim in identifying my Jewish/nonwhite self. Dawn, my partner and Paris’ Imma, has come to Jewish community through conversion.

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