If Only Sexism Could Be Cancelled
Douglas, Susan J., In These Times
DO THE WOMEN OF AMERICA really want to go back to 1963? Or the men, for that matter? Riding on, and imbibing, the contrails of Mad Men, two new TV shows, Pan Am and The Playboy Club, seem to think so. That we can even have a show based on, and nostalgic for, Playboy Clubs speaks volumes about how acceptable it is these days to traffic in, and even celebrate, sexist depictions of women in the media.
Both shows are set in the early 1960s and, as a devoted fan of Mad Men, I can say, "I know Mad Men, and you are NO Mad Men" For Matthew Weiner, the deeply admired creator of the show, one main purpose was to expose all of the inequities and frailties of white male patriarchy circa 1963: …
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Publication information: Article title: If Only Sexism Could Be Cancelled. Contributors: Douglas, Susan J. - Author. Magazine title: In These Times. Volume: 35. Issue: 11 Publication date: November 2011. Page number: 13. © Institute for Public Affairs, Inc. Mar 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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