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Sally Draper Would Like To Punch Betty In The Face, Too


Preternaturally intelligent Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sally Draper on our fave show ever, “Mad Men,” was interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about the show and her role on it. Kiernan was frank about her feelings about TV mom Betty Draper. “As much as I don’t like Betty’s character,” she said, “January‘s amazing and I love watching Betty. But I hate Betty as a person. I sometimes I just wanna punch her in the face.” Us too, Kiernan. Us too. [Entertainment Weekly] Keep reading »

“Man Men” Creator Matt Weiner Defends Betty Draper

— “Mad Men” creator Matt Weiner on Betty Draper, the Rorscarch test of our time. Kate and Amelia seem to hate her, but I’m with Matt Weiner: give Bets a break! The new Mrs. Francis is just a product of her time. [New York] Keep reading »

Quotable: Betty Draper Just Like All Our Mothers

“The question of Betty Draper’s motherhood is very peculiar to me. Because we were all raised by women like this. And I know it’s easy to hate her and think she seems childish and impulsive. We’re all here because of women like that. We’ll see how those kids turn out. They could end up being TV writers.”

— Matthew Weiner, “Mad Men” creator, defending Better Draper’s parenting skills. It’s unclear whether the “we” in “we’re all here because of women like that,” refers to writers, TV writers, entertainers, or, literally, everyone. I’ll speak for myself and say I am not here — as a person, a woman, a wife, or a writer — because of a woman like Betty Draper. My mother, like everyone else, isn’t without her flaws, but if she raised me the way Betty is raising her children, I think the only place I’d be right now is in serious psychotherapy. Weiner went on to say, “People must see a lot in themselves, or they wouldn’t be reacting so strongly [to Betty]. I guarantee one thing: If she weren’t so good-looking, they wouldn’t have a problem.” Uh, it’s not her beauty that’s disarming people. Keep reading »

In Defense Of Betty Draper

“Love, Carla”: What “Mad Men”‘s Black Maid Would Say If She Had A Bigger Speaking Role

Betty Draper’s Parenting Skillz


When it comes to Betty Draper‘s parenting on “Mad Men,” people either roll their eyes at her for constantly barking orders at her kids and never seeming to care that much about who they are, what they say, or things they’re interested in or they applaud her for her authoritarianism and want to nominate her for Mother of the Year. So which camp do you fall in? Take a look at this montage of mama Betty to decide. And, just for the record, I’m in Camp A. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Matthew Weiner’s Feelings About The Draper Marriage Are “Unambiguous”

There’s a fascinating interview with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner over at The Daily Beast. He has some insightful things to say about the season finale of “Mad Men” and where things stand with the Drapers. (If you still haven’t watched Sunday night’s episode: a.) What are you waiting for? b.) Stop reading NOW!). Keep reading »

“Mad Men” Season Finale Was The Ultimate Shake-Up

Last night’s season finale of “Mad Men” was one of my top ten favorite hours of television, ever. Why? Because it surprised the beejesus out of me—and not in a kill-a-main-character-for-shock-value kind of way. Not to get all film professor on you, but the way I see it, the central tension that makes “Mad Men” so intoxicating is that the characters are miserable with their lives and act out in outrageous ways behind the scenes. But because they so desperately need all the glittering trophies of their lives (the fancy title, the corner office, the seemingly perfect family) they’re completely paralyzed when it comes to actually changing anything. They’re trapped—mostly by themselves but also by a culture not nearly as tolerant of varying life paths as we are today. I, of course, expected the season finale to continue along this trajectory. (Uh, now would probably be a good time to say SPOILER ALERT to anyone who has the episode waiting for them on their DVR.) But nope. Last night was the episode where everyone finally broke out. Keep reading »

Betty Draper, Mother Of The Year. No, Seriously!

Betty Draper doesn’t take any crap. Well, until she booted Don out of the house last season, the “Mad Men” matron took a lot of crap from her two-timing husband. Rather, stay-at-home suburban mom Betty doesn’t take any crap from her two oldest children, Sally and Bobby, and that brand of maternalism would make her practically an endangered species in America today. In nearly every episode, Betty sternly barks: “No,” “Go upstairs and play,” or “Don’t touch that”—and the rugrats actually listen. Keep reading »

Betty Draper Book Club: So What’s With “The Group”?

“Mad Men” acolytes with eagle eyes might’ve noticed that the book Betty Draper brought into the tub with her on last night’s episode was none other than The Group by Mary McCarthy. Published in 1963 but set in the 1930s, The Group is a subtly scathing portrait of a circle of educated, upwardly mobile New York society women who all went to Vassar College — at the time more of a finishing school than a bastion of liberal education – together. The book follows these eight frenemies as their lives unfold and unravel after graduation, seeing them through abusive marriages, extra-marital affairs, birth control, familial conflict, class war, Communist sympathies, lesbianism, suicide and the ever-elusive female orgasm. Keep reading »

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