Actor Jon Hamm as Don Draper in AMC's brilliant series "Mad Men"
Last night I watched the third season premier of "Mad Men"--my only regular Must See date with my television. It did not disappoint. I love the clothes, the intelligent, sexy plot lines, the period details, the characters, especially, of course, Don Draper. Not since Bill Clinton, have I so lusted after an image on a TV screen. Apparently, Draper's appeal, like the former President's, cuts a wide and deep swath through the landscape of heaving bosoms in America.
thirties LOVE Don Draper. "A man's man. A virile man. A masculine man." But would they want to marry him?
No, she hastens to assure us.
"We know madness that way lies. We see how Betty Draper is drowning in loneliness, one more beautiful woman trapped in her suburban prison..."
The mothers of these women married men like Don--"...men who were made caged animals by their domesticity...men who unleashed their restlessness in ways both erotic and destructive." Look how that turned out. They will marry men who are "sensitive and respectful, men who emote and help around the house and talk openly about their feelings." Some of these husband types will be beta males, who earn less and have less status and power than their women do.
Baker is almost apologetic for the women who love Don. I say there is absolutely nothing wrong with loving a "real" man. He makes a woman feel real too. Nobody does it better than a man who isn't overly sensitive to his own feelings. He explores your body, not his psyche.
If you drown in loneliness after he leaves, that's your problem. It's got nothing to do with him. Betty was trapped by the constraints of unreliable birth control in the early 60s before the pill came into wide use. The Feminine Mystique, Betty Freidan's classic feminist rallying cry, would have been a different book on the pill.
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