Ashkenormative

Alternative Spellings

Aschkenormative, Ashckenormative, Aschckenormative

Definitions

  • Assuming that all Jews are Ashkenazi, not considering Jews with other backgrounds.

Example Sentences

  • I like that synagogue, but the liturgy is way too Ashkenormative. Are there no Sephardic synagogues in this neighborhood?
  • "Now you can dismiss your Litvak zeidie’s ignorant arrogance with a high-falutin’ put-down: Oh, he’s being Ashkenormative again." (https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/stop-being-so-ashkenormative/)
  • "Another day, another Buzzfeed Jewish-centric video. And much like their other chosen productions, it’s incredibly Ashkenormative." (https://forward.com/schmooze/217270/enough-with-the-ashkenormativity-buzzfeed/)
  • "art, music, food, and fashion derived from Mizrahi and Sephardic tradition — often overshadowed by “Ashkenormative” tendencies in New York and throughout the United States." (https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-orthodox-mastermind-behind-jewish-cool/)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, English

Etymology

A portmanteau of the Hebrew אשכנזי ashkenazi 'of Ashkenaz' (meaning, of Eastern European descent) and the English word normative

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

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