AMC’s hit series Mad Men has been called both “bad for women” and “the most feminist show on television". This dispute over the feminist value of Mad Men amplifies when you look particularly at the character of Betty Draper (now Betty Francis).
Scholars across the humanities consider Mad Men from a fascinating array of perspectives, including fashion, history, civil rights, feminism, consumerism, and art, as well as through theoretical frames such as critical race theory, gender, queer theory, and psychoanalysis.
Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, Robert A. Rushing, eds.
The men of Magic City worship the same things any other mob-affiliated TV characters do: status, wealth, comfort. It's the ease with which the program examines these worn storylines that proves most problematic for this Mad Men wannabe.
Looking beyond the aesthetic surface of the series, what is the true motivation behind Mad Men’s frank depictions of these troubled social times? Is sexism being used as some sort of nostalgic trope, or does Mad Men actually delve deeper and explore these issues?