Ester Bloom

Ester Bloom

Writer, editor

Pop culture, politics, literature, highly personal finance, business, feminism

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2014 Was -- Secretly -- the Year of the Jewish Woman

Jewish women have generally done well in America. From Emma Goldman to Erica Jong, Susan Sontag to Pink, they have broadened our cultural horizons. Sure, they are often portrayed in the media as JA......

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Not a Pretty Girl: How Women Are Fighting Pop Culture's Tyranny of Attractiveness

In the darkly comic Stephen Sondheim musical Sweeney Todd, our murderous hero, having finally gotten within razor-swinging distance of his mortal enemy, pauses before he avenges several decades of ......

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Feminist Writers on the 'Mad Men' Moments That Made Them Cheer and Broke Their Hearts

Whether or not it was a "feminist show," Mad Men broke ground by zooming in on the experiences of women, specifically experiences related to misogyny. From office hostility to restrictive roles in ......

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Where Do Queer Characters Like 'Grand Budapest Hotel's' Gustave Fit Into Wes Anderson's Sexless Universe?

Spoiler alert: this post discusses major plot points of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Hollywood directors, like brutally stereotyped high school students, tend to fall into two camps: sluts and prudes.......

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'Outlander's Dark Exploration of Sexual Assault

The sexy, melodramatic Starz adaptation of Outlander started out as the most fun and female-friendly thing on TV. Yet like many viewers who had read the source material, I nursed a nagging concern ......