Mad (Wo)Men

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No, I don’t look anything like this actually (I have been told over the years that I look like Carly Simon or Sandra Bullock or Laura San Giacomo–Not sure why, but I suppose if you could combine Carly’s mouth, Sandra’s nose and Laura’s coloring and hair, you’d get a close resemblance to Annie Em).

You, too, can dress up as a character on “Mad Men”.  We finally finished watching Season 2 on dvd  The characters are getting more interesting with each episode, as the series leisurely allows them to reveal themselves. And while Don Draper is clearly the protagonist of the series, the women characters are so much more intriguing to me than Draper’s odd mix of a Cheever character channeling and deconstructing Darrin Stephens (Bewitched)/Mike Brady (you know)/Michael Steadman (30something)/Major Anthony Nelson (I Dream of Jeanne)–ad men of tv shows past.

Season 3 is 1963, the year of Betty Friedan, and the year I was born.  The women (Peggy, my fave, Joan and Betty) are all around my mom’s age (a little younger or older) in 1963. I see in all three women behaviors that  either bug me or that I admire in my mom, so watching the show has both personal, and professional, resonance.

And it’s just incredibly addicting, as were those tv shows of the past.

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9 responses to “Mad (Wo)Men

  1. Ooh, yay! I’m addicted to that show as well. I even showed an episode to one of my classes to provide some “context” for a feminist text we were reading. Reconstructed retrospective context, to be sure, but it was surprisingly effective for the conversation.

    But also, I just LOVE it. And nice description of Don Draper’s character there!

  2. I posted that bizarro and random (yet semi accurate) description for a reason: my two blurkers! I’ll explain more when I post later this weekend…..

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