Jap As Hypervisible Image Essay

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J.A.P, a term used by some, yet misunderstood by most; stands for Jewish American Princess. "A J.A.P is defined as a Jewish woman who drives a male- perhaps her father or her husband- to finance her consumption. Her wants are insatiable." (Sher, Page 5). Many people all over the country use this word to describe a specific persons' personality or outside appearance. A J.A.P is looked at as being rich, wearing the most expensive brands of clothing and accessories. They are portrayed as being spoiled and disrespectful, being able to manipulate their parents into getting them whatever they desire. They think that it is okay for them to act as if someone may be below them because of who their parents are and where they grew up. In today's American Society, all Americans in the middle to upper economic class-not just Jews can be J.A.Ps. To illustrate these general assumptions, this essay will also dig beneath the surface of how society views a J.A.P. Although there may be some, that fit this "J.A.P" description, there are many people who do not. The general conception of a J.A.P consists of high maintenance, spoiled-ness, self-involved attitude, and not athletic except for aerobics. A typical J.A.P is thought not to be able to succeed on their own. That they rely on their "Daddys" or other authority figures to buy their way out of situations; Whether it is a materialistic, or a personal issue.If you were to place a female into the J.A.P. category, you would see them wearing the most popular brand name, well dressed in Solo stretch pants, Juicy Couture, Burberry, North Face, etc, with ironed or straightened hair. And to top it all off, following the trends of dangling earrings, lots of trendy jewelry and a cartilage earring. Along with all that, people assume that "these type of people" are non athletic, girly girly and disrespectful. But when looking at the big picture, these are all just assumptions. The television show, Friends, has a character Rachel Green who breaks the typically acknowledged Jewish American Princess. Rachel is originally portrayed as the Jewish girl. The first shot of her on the show is of her running away from her wedding that she never went through with; where she was suppose to marry a Jewish dentist. Throughout the show, she quickly breaks away from the typical stereotype, and moves on to succeed on her own. She used to live her life off of her father's money, but after running out on her own wedding, her parents decide to cut her off. While at times she gets a little vain, shallow, spoiled and materialistic, after moving in with her friend Monica, she learns she needs to get a job and support herself. At the end of the show, the character Rachel turns out as a compassionate, resourceful, and a good-humored person. (Ben-David, Page 1) In a photographic spread in a magazine named HEEB, the only words provided before the pictures, besides the designer names featured, reads as follows: "Who needs D.I.Y. when...

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