The New York Post ran a story about an unusual Jewish internet sensation — Jen Selter, the Jewish girl from Long Island who has leveraged carefully curated images of her rear end in yoga pants to become a star with a massive following. Her tale is a perfect example of the good, the silly and the bizarre in selfie culture. By body, of course, the Post specifically means derriere. On the one hand, this entire story is rather ridiculous. On the other hand, her story is just a perfect example of how selfie culture can bring fame and fortune to everyday people. Remember how Jennifer Lopez was treated like an anomaly or freak?
Not that you can really keep something like that a secret. Disengage from a face-to-face conversation, turn at a slight angle, and wham , the curve hits their vision and shatters the flat lines of space. Some appreciate the interruption from monotony. Others shift uncomfortably, unnerved by the sudden disappearance of order and control. Thanks to two decades of hip-hop and the literal overexposure of Jennifer Lopez, big butts have now settled comfortably into public discourse. Yet Jews have not embraced the cultural acceptance of thick chicks with round behinds--despite the fact that there are many among our ranks. Was it courtesy of my Middle Eastern father, a dark-complexioned Israeli with a notable 'bump' himself?