Lena Dunham’s Unfunny Jewish Jokes

Lena Dunham clearly thinks she’s being funny. Or clever. Or both. But I didn’t laugh at her new article for The New Yorker, “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend: A Quiz.” The title alone was disgraceful. Did no editor at The New Yorker wonder if it smashed the boundaries of good taste? It would be gauche at any time, but it’s even … Continue reading

Fat Baby Thighs Are Something To Celebrate

Humor is all in the eye of the beholder, especially where thighs are concerned. To wit, Ms. magazine and a small children’s wear company called Wry Baby have been engaged in a public tiff over baby thighs. Wry Baby offers snapsuits—their term for onesies—with messages intended to be humorous. Ms. has been up in arms over a purple snapsuit that reads, … Continue reading

Must Humor Be Politically Correct?

Rom-Coms are my favorite kind of movies. Yet Hollywood’s releases have become increasingly formulaic, unfunny, and anything but romantic. (Is Bridesmaids really the best we can do?) So, I was thrilled to encounter Serial (Bad) Weddings at the Washington Jewish Film Festival a few weeks ago. The French film, subtitled in English, is uproariously funny. That is, if you’re willing to … Continue reading

Is BDSM Just Another Lifestyle Choice?

The hoopla surrounding Fifty Shades of Grey has brought BDSM (Bondage, Discipline, Dominance, Submission, Sadism and Masochism) out of the shadows and into mainstream conversation. Do we like what we see? We’re subtly – and not so subtly – reminded at every turn that everyone is entitled to her own sexual choices. We are expected to be … Continue reading