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Mad Men and good old boys in 2012March 22, 2012 @ 6:04 pm (Updated: 6:44 am - 3/23/12 )
One of the most popular TV shows is back this weekend with its cigarettes and sexism. While "Mad Men" returns for season five, the good old boys never left.
"The good old boys have turned being born female into a pre-existing condition," says Seattle City Councilwoman Jean Godden. She writes on her blog the recent debate about women's reproductive health is part of an "anti-woman attack" that is a "sad commentary on life in the 21st century."
Godden reminds us women had to fight for 150 years to win the right to vote, and the right to own property. As recently as 40 years ago, a woman had to have her husband's permission to obtain a credit card.
If "an anti-woman" sentiment is still swirling in 2012, then we haven't come a long way baby from the "Mad Men" days in the 1960s.
The AMC series , staring Jon Hamm as the dashing Don Draper, is set in a New York City advertising agency. The show resumes with a special Sunday night, picking up in 1965, halfway through the tumultuous decade. "Mad Men" uses the culture of that era to feature the issues that still concern us today - cigarette smoking, drinking, sexism, feminism, adultery, homophobia, and racism.
I'm a fan of "Mad Men" but as I watch the way women and men dealt with each other in the workplace then, the behavior doesn't seem as abnormal to me as I wish it was.
Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Lane Pryce (Jared Harris), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) Photo Courtsey Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
By LINDA THOMAS
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