Sexism in Mad Men

4 Sep

This is my favorite show, but it centers around the misogynistic 1960s culture. Why is the show so popular if it highlights an era of sexism and racism? This article explores the idea that the negative aspects may be so enticing because of the romantic way they are portrayed.

2 Responses to “Sexism in Mad Men”

  1. Samantha Ellison September 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    I have watched this show myself and find it trouble at times. Good job in posting about this issue. It will be interesting to see what people take away from the show.

    Another point I wanted to bring up was one about addressing the notion of women enjoying “violent sex.” Can women consider themselves supportive of women’s equality and feminism if they personal like to have violent sex? BDSM community? How does having or partaking in “fake rape fantasies” correlate with stopping gender violence for women? Is saying you can’t have those fantasies taking away the sexual choice of a woman or man?

  2. lisaanneryan September 10, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    That is a great question. I think that in the BDSM community there are women who are taking control of what they want in the bedroom by acting out those fantasies and those that are letting their partner control them. For the women allowing the men to dominate, it does seem like they could be hurting the feminist movement. Which leads me to wonder what books like 50 Shades of Grey are doing for women. I found that novel disturbing because of how much Ana gives up to be with a man who in my opinion did not treat her very well. Why do women read a book that is so demeaning?

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