MAD MEN, GIRL POWER
An article in the Oct. 10 Washington Post says that Mad Men is television’s most feminist show – despite what the author, Stephanie Coontz, calls its “rampant chauvinism of virtually all its male characters (and some of its female ones).” Over the past three years, Coontz has interviewed more than 200 women of the Mad Men era, and each noted how realistic they find the series, which makes it – for some who’ve lived through the discrimination depicted on the series – difficult for some to watch. Above all, the author says it’s the historical accuracy of Mad Men that makes it a feminist show – and she praises the writers for not being afraid to show how the time period really was – warts and all. What do you think? Is the show overly sexist, or a true depiction of a difficult time for women in the workplace?