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The Soapbox: The Three Dimensional Feminism Of Sally Draper

The Soapbox: The Three Dimensional Feminism Of Sally Draper
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A lot has happened since 2010 when we got to witness Sally Draper’s temper tantrum as a little girl, and feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte made the astute observation that Sally Draper was a feminist hero. That tantrum was our first glimpse into what would later become Sally’s numerous instances of resistance against a broken old world order. She has internalized every dysfunction of her parents and her culture and rejects it. It symbolized the great uprising of women and people of color that would follow; Civil Rights marches and Gloria Steinem would be the epic “tantrums” at large that would reshape the country forever. Four years later in our current TV time, Marcotte predicted correctly.

As an avid superfan of “Mad Men” from the get-go, it’s fun to realize that I have been growing up with Sally now for almost her entire life-span: childhood, puberty, now young womanhood. But from the end of last season up to now, I have been especially jolted by the writers’ particular and deliberate crafting of Sally’s character as a feminist force. It’s no mistake that she is shaping to be the most feminist character in the series. Joan, Peggy and Megan certainly come close, but Sally truly represents the next generation. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!) Keep reading »

The Soapbox: “Mad Men,” Pregnancy, And The Nuance Of Choice

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Sunday nights are no longer full of Monday dread. I have something to look forward to at the very end of the weekend: a mind-bending episode of “Mad Men.” The show you love, full of characters you hate, and issues you hope to only deal with through barrier of your TV screen: infidelity, corporate hell, violence, and mortality.

For an office drama centered around a 1960s advertising agency, “Mad Men” has tackled very nuanced issues that remain relevant topics in our day and age. Anyone who watches the show knows the terrible way that women are treated: sexual harassment, rape, sexism, domestic violence, infidelity. And as of Sunday, all of the major female characters have experienced pregnancy. Keep reading »

Face-Off: “Real Housewife” Teresa Giudice & “Mad Men”‘s Betty Draper Are Kind Of The Same Person

The other day, I was stuck in a k-hole (aka a hangover) and watched, like, 7,000 episodes of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” I then topped it off with some “Mad Men” and had a revelation: Teresa Giudice of “RHONJ” — she of the bankruptcy troubles and the ostentatious house, and the feud with sister-in-law Melissa Gorga — is just like “Mad Men”‘s meanie mom Betty Draper! They’re both grown ass children who try and manipulate everybody around them. Don’t believe me? Check out this handy comparative chart.

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The Rise Of Weight Watchers In The 1960′s

This week on “Mad Men“‘s “Dark Shadows” episode, Weight Watchers serves as a type of therapy for Betty Francis, who can definitely use it. Boredom, jealousy, and insecurity dominate Betty’s life as a 1960s housewife on her second marriage, and she’s turned to bags of Bugles to pass the time. Now determined to lose the weight, the former model turns to a new diet plan gaining popularity with women like her, Weight Watchers. Considering Betty’s mother-in-law already tried to push diet pills on her, which contained amphetamines at the time, the group meetings are the responsible approach to weight loss for Betty Francis. Read more …

Fat Betty Draper Gets Her Own Song

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Spoiler: Betty Draper Francis is "fat" now. Read More »
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Normally I’d be peeved by a song about how fat a lady TV character has gotten. But I prefer to see this  ”Fat Betty” song by SOUTH Music & Sound Design in another light: an ode to those of us who love our ice cream. Blam-a-blam! (Also, spoiler alert, if you are way behind on your TiVo.)  [Uproxx]

Evening Quickies: Why Do We Care So Much About Fat Betty?

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  • Why do people care so much about that Betty Draper Francis has gotten fat in order to conceal actress January Jones’ pregnancy on “Mad Men”? I know it’s a shocking look for Betty, but people on the interwebs are really freaking out about it. [Personally, I just enjoy a fat suit. -- Editor] [Huffington Post]
  • Darren Criss and Matt Bomer singing Goyte’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” on “Glee” has me crying at my desk. [Nerve]
  • “30 Rock”‘s Alec Baldwin pitched a fit on Twitter after a newspaper reporter showed up at his new fianceé’s yoga class, presumably to get a peek at the ring. [Gothamist]
  • Frisky pal Julianne Smolinski presents the thinking woman’s guide to the bestselling e-book, Fifty Shades Of Grey. [NYMag.com]
  • Dancing made this chick finally love and appreciate her belly. [Gurl.com]
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