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Mad Men: A Critical Look

A Sort of Extended Villanelle with Extra Stanzas Added in to Distract From the Lack of a Rhyme Scheme

They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!
I know since I’ve seen Mad Men. I know
Also how poorly they treated women

back then, now that I’ve watched it. I mean shoot about every two seconds on the show a woman is disrespected in some way or another.
I think it’s social commentary on how it was back then, back in the sixties.
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!

I mean even in bed they smoked. Even in restaurants!
They wore pretty sweet outfits though. I noticed that. I noticed
also how poorly they treated women.

It’s like you can’t NOT notice it. Anyway I sure didn’t not notice it.
I noticed everyone smokes a lot in Mad Men. The men AND the women do.
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!

I think that’s the main point the producers or whoever wanted to get across, is how much they smoked,
and
also how poorly they treated women.

So for anyone who hasn’t seen it, basically what the show is is the men sit around the office and say chauvinistic stuff
about their wives/secretaries while wearing sweet outfits and smoking cigarettes. The viewer keeps thinking:
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!

I watched an entire episode and a half stoned with my girlfriend once
and the smoking thing is all we could talk about afterward! That and
also how poorly they treated women.

I mean even their wives! Even the mothers-of-their-kids for crying out loud!
Even though I bet those mothers probably smoked while they were pregnant with those very kids.
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!

I bet they smoked even in the shower, they just can’t show people in the shower on TV because of nudity.
Plus if they showed a character in the shower it would be a waste of a chance to show off one more sweet outfit, and
also how poorly they treated women,

since all you’d be thinking about if you saw a character in the shower is “Boy I wonder what shampoo they used back then,” all straining your eyes to try and read the labels.
I just thought of this: What if a character wasn’t in the shower, but they were still nude, and they were smoking a cigarette. All they’d be “wearing” is smoke. Smoke lingerie. A smoke three-piece suit. A smoke necktie.
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!

I haven’t seen the whole series, actually. Maybe some of that happens later on. I kind of really hope so, now that I thought of it.
It would make sense since that’s the whole point of the whole show, is to show how much they smoked in the sixties. And
also how poorly they treated women.

In one scene, not to give anything away, but one of the main characters, not THE main character (that’s Don Draper) says this pretty funny line, even though it’s pretty messed up, since it’s pretty sexist. But everyone CRACKS up–it’s all men in the office, of course–and he feels pretty chuffed that he made such a good joke. I’ll even admit it’s a good line. A good one-liner I mean.
Then he lights up a cigarette and starts smoking it, just completely nonchalant. Like it was second nature.
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties!

Anyway then I guess it cuts to another scene or something, some scene showing how sweet they dressed back
then, but
also how poorly they treated women.

So anyway if you haven’t seen it, you should really watch Mad Men.
It’s a sweet show that really shows how
They sure smoked a lot back in the sixties, and
Also how poorly they treated women.


10 December 2012  11:30 am  

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