Posts tagged Mad Men
Posts tagged Mad Men
It’s not easy being a lady in the working world today. We’re still fighting for equal pay for equal work, freedom from workplace harassment, and the right to decide what grows (or implants itself) in our uteruses. In all honestly, it’s not terribly different from the drama unfolding at Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce every Sunday night, which is exactly the reason my baby boomer mother can’t stand Mad Men: “I lived it,” she says with exasperation, “why would I enjoy watching it over again?”
Do the liberal-arts educated, Anthropologie-clad millenials fawning over Betty Draper Francis’ silk scarfed bouffants see the irony my mom pointed out? As a card (or more accurately, BA) carrying member of the club, I’d like to say that we do. I’d be hard pressed to find a ladyfriend without a reproductive rights war story of her own, from sanctimonious pharmacists offering unprescribed admonitions to early morning drives across state lines to a clinic. While the scarier aspects of Mad Men-era reproductive health (Betty’s twilight sleep birthing experience from season three, for starters) seem like a far-off nightmare to today’s twentysomethings, neo-conservatives’ war on women makes it clear that such arcane threats may not be so distant.
In Rosengate’s aftermath, the conversation on working mothers is more fraught than ever. “’Working mother’ is a redundant phrase” is the neo-conservative right’s new mantra, and I won’t begrudge them the satisfaction of believing it. But let’s not pretend that the stay-at-home-mom is the equal of the working mother. It’s an affront to parents of all backgrounds: those with the luxury to choose an at-home parent over a second income and those whose finances dictate the decision. Mad Men’s place on the cusp of this working mother’s revolution is telling, yet quietly disheartening for its glaring proof that we’ve entered a regressive era for reproductive rights.
Where I wish I were, Monday morning edition: @BettyDraper’s Guide to Social Storytelling, Helen Klein Ross (@adbroad)’s SXSW panel on brand fiction and content. Helen’s the voice behind Welcome to the Drapers as well as the Mad Men characters on Twitter, trophy wives and ad men and buxom secretaries personified in tweet.
Some of my fav @bettydraper-isms:
@bettydraper: Whoever invented Saturday morning cartoons deserves the Nobel Peace Prize.
@bettydraper: Cold cream. Curlers. Cigarette.
@bettydraper: Counting the days until sleepaway camp.
@bettydraper: Mothers Club luncheon. Another gimlet please.
@bettydraper: What a waste of manicure today if we’re bombed tonight.