August 10, 2010

Mad Women: You’re Just A Man In A Room With A Checkbook

Filed under: Gender,Media — Tags: — Rachel @ 7:02 pm

While most recaps focus on the entire aspect of a show, this one’s going to be a little bit different.  As this is a feminist blog deconstructing images and portrayals of women in pop culture, why spend an entire post rambling on about the men of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price.  Instead, these recaps will focus on the women of Mad Men – the main ladies: Peggy, Joan, and Betty, and any new additions or guest stars – hence the title “Mad Women.”

As I stated last week, Mad Men has been dealing with some progressions of the 60s, in indirect ways.  And while no one uttered the word “abortion” in the opening scene, the show tackled one of the biggest, and most important issues of the time.  I got the feeling from her conversation with her doctor, Joan isn’t really interested in starting a family with Mr. Asshole – and the writers confirmed to the audience that he has indeed, joined the army.  My opinion on where Ms. Holloway is coming from is that if or once she has children with him, there’s no going back, there’s no getting out, she will have to leave Sterling Cooper Draper Price behind, and be stuck with him forever.

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