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Archive for April, 2011

#116 The Flat Iron

(idea submitted and written by Stephanie K.)

This one is mostly for the ladies, but gents, feel free to join in and enjoy.

The plight of the “Jew Curl” has haunted Jewish girls for centuries. Many a Rachel and Sarah have asked themselves, “Why does Lindsay have straight blonde hair, and I have curly brown hair?” Or, “Why is Suzie’s hair so flat and mine is so frizzy? Could my hair look like that?” Thanks to the invention of the Flat Iron, the answer is now, yes!

Commonly referred to as the “hair straightener,” JYA females go crazy for these two hot metal plates. Whether it be a Bat Mitzvah celebration, a Friday Night Shabbat,or a NFTY social, the flat iron is a prerequisite for preparation.

So, why do Jewish girls feel the need to straighten their hair? Though they have been blessed with luscious curls, they choose to fry them to straightness. Some Jewish girls may feel their curls make them look “too Jewish”, and straightening makes them blend in more or hide their botched nose job.  Others believe it simply makes them feel more confident. Others may just enjoy the change now and again, as the flat iron provides a new and exciting look, bringing compliments and shock from friends and family.

But the real reason Jewish girls straighten their hair? To look pretty for Jewish boys. Being able to go from cute and curly to sexy and straight in less than an hour can have a magical affect on the JYA male. Very few young Jewish males can really say they love Jewish looking girls (as evident in their penchant for Dating Non-Stereotypical Jews). The young adult age is a common time for rebellion, bringing home any shiksa that will piss off Mom.

The flat iron is an open door to a sleeker look, sans frizz; a lifeline to hide the “Jew Curl.” With the combination of John Frieda’s FrizzEase hair products and the standard $74.99 Chi 1” Ceramic Flat Iron, Jewish girls around the world can successfully have the straight and smooth look they so desperately desire. The flat iron has changed the hair of Jewish girls forever.

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(idea submitted by Zev H.)

One of the many perks of being a Jewish Young Adult in college is the never ending stream of parties and gatherings.  And of these countless opportunities to mingle, JYAs love crashing events thrown by Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish fraternity.  For female JYAs, it is a chance to interact with a bevy of available single men.  And for the men, the appeal of AEPi events is clearly the women who show up, and many non-fraternity members will finagle their way into parties.

What is interesting is that after college AEPi events still draw JYAs from both sides.  Former frat brothers will frequently host alumni club reunions at chick-heavy bars, which will bring out other JYAs who want to piggyback on the event.  In turn, the women hear of the event and will bring their girlfriends, which in turn will only attract more men, and so on and so forth.

There are two interesting idiosyncrasies that should be noted.  Firstly, AEPi’s main rival, Zeta Beta Tau, does not garner the same appeal, specifically for the post-college crowd.  There are many theories as to why this exists.  One hypothesis is that ZBT guys are not as desperate to get laid once they hit their late twenties, and therefore have less of a need to organize official functions and invite women.  Secondly, it is widely accepted that events thrown by Jewish sororities, especially after college, are generally lame and should be avoided entirely.

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