Saturday, September 25, 2010

MAD MEN

I'm watching the first season of MAD MEN, courtesy of my local library. I'm surprised at how much of an indictment of misogyny it is. The '60s were a time when a man could get drunk, hit on his employee's wife, and somehow everyone wound up thinking it was her fault. As I recall, things hadn't changed much by the '80s. I think things have improved, but as long as we ask the question "Was she asking for it?" I won't be satisfied.

3 comments:

fairyhedgehog said...

I haven't seen that program but a lot of stuff from the 70s (which is what I mostly remember) is pretty sexist on rewatching. At the time it was "normal" so I suppose we have made progress.

Old Kitty said...

My bestest friend on this planet keeps wanting me to watch this - it's on my x-mas list (hint hint! LOL). But my friend says how his mum loves this show because she can so relate to the era.

I hope as human beings we have progressed but it looks like it'll take more proactive action on the part of the oppressed to continue to make a dent in such attitudes.

Take care
x

stacy said...

Fairy, I know what you mean. I watch some stuff from the seventies and I see how far we've come. I think we have, anyway. In some ways, I think MAD MEN is an indictment of sexism. I'm not sure if you'd like it or not. It's well-written, though.

Kitty, I think we have to always remain vigilant. It can feel annoying to see all those pretend questions like "Are We Poisoning Our Daughters With the Lolita Effect?" and things of that nature, and I think we can be over-analytical as a society (at least here in the U.S.), but in most ways, I don't think that's a bad thing. It's the mental gymnastics I see some people go through to keep the status quo that bothers me more than anything.