No one's ever on your side, Betty.
May 6, 2013 10:15 AM Subscribe
In Defense of Betty.
posted by sweetkid (2427 comments total)
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"I’ve always thought that the whole point is that Betty is a victim of her time and circumstances, of the very narrow, constricted gender roles (remember the ill-fitting dress she’s holding up against herself as she contemplates being a political wife) that she and women like her were forced — expected, if that seems less loaded — to assume. Those roles were deforming, and, sure enough, they’ve deformed Betty."
"But that’s how it works, and that’s how you make a show about sexism: You show the deformities. Because otherwise, you’re selling it short; you’re not acknowledging the worst consequences of that era’s brand of sexism."
Pam Harris, Georgetown Law Professor, and Wall Street Journal Mad Men Blogger, on the Betty Draper Francis backlash (WSJ single link)