ariellebernstein
Arielle Bernstein
ariellebernstein
I write about TV, film, art, empathy, culture, and our digital lives.
Dec 10
13

I think it’s okay to watch the same thing and have different perspectives on it. I appreciate you taking the time to write and engage in dialogue with me! Read more

Dec 9
22

She clearly painted a portrait of Shy that was making fun of him for being effeminate. I agree that she doesn’t think she outed him, but I think she knew she was walking the line. Read more

Dec 9
15

I understand what you are saying. I’ve just had it with Midge’s willful ignorance. She is a sharp lady who could choose to be more aware. She just doesn’t care. At all. Read more

Dec 9
10

Interesting. I thought it was clear that Mei was intimidated by Midge and that Midge could have done the kind thing and just...wish her the best? Rather than one-upping her and then going on stage to perform a very personal act about her relationship with Joel without anyone’s permission? Read more

Dec 7
2

Yeah, I think that scene also shows how Midge is not culturally aware. At all. Maybe that will change as she travels, but I don’t know that she will ever be the kind of person who is truly worldly.

Dec 7
3

That’s a great point and I definitely appreciate that. I think it’s actually okay that Midge is ambivalent about having had children, though I also feel bad that her kids don’t have more attentive parents. 

Dec 7
8

Oh yeah, Joel was terrible. I hated S1 Joel. Somehow, over the course of a few seasons, he redeemed himself to me. It makes sense that it would take Midge a lot longer to get over that kind of betrayal! 

Dec 7
3

Oh sure, that’s exactly what I am saying (and what Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist” says too!). 

Dec 7
7

No, it bothers me too. There is a certain “Disney-fication” of the sets that feels really unreal. It’s the same reason with the heavy-handed ethnic stereotypes too. 

Dec 7
1

Yes, Mad Men is definitely more rigorous in its depictions of the 50s and 60s, but I do think that both shows are deeply invested in exploring how people are shaped by the era in which they grew up.

Dec 8 2018
4

You’re welcome! It’s my absolute pleasure. It’s so fun to talk about this series and to hear everyone else’s ideas.