Semitic sex appeal: Romance writer Stacey Agdern on the unique hotness of Jewish athletes

Adam Fox, Zach Hyman and Mark Spitz: Can Jewish athletes also be sex symbols?

We know Jewish athletes are out there, on rinks and in arenas, breaking the stereotype of Jews as the People of the Book. But we don’t hear as often about the people working to break other Jewish stereotypes: namely, that said Jewish athletes are not just fit, but sexy. It’s a unique mission adopted by Stacey Agdern, a romance novelist who specializes in the hyper-specific niche of “romance novels that prominently feature Jewish hockey players”. Her new book, B’Nai Mitzvah Mistake, tells just such a story. Agdern joins to talk about Jewish athletes, the importance of representation and what’s behind semitic sex appeal.


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