It is ESPECIALLY important to say something if someone says this about a female convert. : The Shiksa's Guide to Dating Jewish Men (oy vey...) and the blog The Shiksa in the Kitchen (the author has now converted).Not only is she no longer "not Jewish" (so it's not even true), but calling her (or you) that word is a violation of the mitzvah of loving the convert and all the other mitzvot related to respecting converts. Coming from the South, I'm familiar with the efforts of the African-American community to reclaim the N word, but this reclamation would be analogous (in my mind) to reclaiming "porch monkey" or some other irredeemably offensive term. [To be clear, I'm comparing the efforts to reclaim a negative word, not implying that shiksa reaches the negativity level of either of those terms.And the people who know the meaning and use it for that meaning probably aren't the people you want to spend much time with.The two other translations I've found for shiksa are "impure" and "object of loathing." It is not only pejorative, it is intended to be offensive and cruel. And if someone says it in your presence, I encourage you to tell them that it is offensive and explain the meaning of it.David and Tina’s high school romance lasted almost all of senior year before Tina decided to move on. Losing Tina messed him up so badly, he had to go to Israel to live on a kibbutz for six months. Was my only purpose in life to mate with a Jewish girl so that I might sire pureblood Jewish children?
Christine Benvenuto, a journalist living in Amherst, Mass., claims that the term is still in full, vitriolic use.
It's even used in Israel like Americans would use curse words to refer to women. Nine times out of ten, they don't know the origins, and they will be better people because you've told them.
You'll prevent them from hurting someone's feelings later.
Despite the insistence of the early rabbis that converts are to be treated as if they had always been Jewish, for many people a converted woman will always carry with her a shiksa stigma.
And, to my surprise, the stigma of being a shiksa is profound.