The Jewish mother stereotype is both a common stereotype and a stock character that is used by Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, television and film writers, actors, and authors in the United States. The stereotype involves a nagging, loud, highly talkative, overprotective, smothering, and overbearing mother, who persists in interfering in her children’s lives long after they have become adults and is excellent at making her children feel guilty for actions that may have caused her to suffer. The Jewish mother stereotype can also involve a loving and overly proud mother who is highly defensive about her children in front of others. Like Italian mother stereotypes, it often shows Jewish mother characters cooking for the family, urging loved ones to eat more, and taking great pride in their food. Feeding a loved one is characterized as an extension of the desire to mother those around her. Lisa Aronson Fontes describes the stereotype as one of “endless caretaking and boundless self-sacrifice” by a mother who shows her love by “constant overfeeding and unremitting solicitude about every aspect of her children’s and husband’s welfare[s]”.