Mad Men Days


This is a cartoon from a few weeks ago, when the war against women in American politics was hot in the news. It has calmed down a bit, perhaps only because the media has a short attention span. But it’s still out there–some in the GOP want us to return to Mad Men days, when women were not really considered full fledged people.

I love Mad Men and I watched the new premier last night. The reason I like it is the characters, the story lines, the history. I do not want to return to those days (I was just a small child then). Yes, it is better now for women in the US in many respects. But you can see attitudes in Mad Men that persist (or have resurfaced), attitudes we are hearing from a certain faction of the GOP.  I look forward to seeing how the writers write Joan, Peggy and Betty as we move further into the 1960’s. I’m hoping there aren’t too many headbands.

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About Liza Donnelly

New Book: Women On Men, http://www.narrativemagazine.com/store/book/women-men New Yorker and Forbes cartoonist and writer, TED speaker
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One Response to Mad Men Days

  1. Rob Husberg says:

    You’ve got me on the Mad Men issue, since I’ve yet to watch a single episode. (Collective “Gasp!”) However, what I would like to know — and doubtless I’m showing my age and total cluelessness here — is where are the new Gloria Steinems, when they’re so desperately needed? Even Peggy Noonan, in WSJ, while not condoning the far right’s slanderous female-bashing, managed to rationalize it. (Many on the left have been pretty insulting as well, so it’s not strictly GOP.) It seems to be coming from all sides. Somebody needs to shake-up some marbles!

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