I only just got into Mad Men this weekend: in fact, I watched the entire first season in one day in order to prepare for the premiere of the second season last night, and I am now obsessed. Aside from the fact that stories are compelling, complex, and wonderfully layered, I love how much focus is placed on the gender politics both at home and in the office, and getting a glimpse at how accepting everyone — including women — were about following a set of rules that they really had no part in making up. In the clip above, the main character, Donald Draper (Jon Hamm), exhibits these same innate, dichotomous values of objectifying yet "respecting" women when he directs his employees to create an ad for an airline by showing more of a stewardess's thigh, and then becomes enraged when two men speak crassly in front of a nearby female. Clip above.
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