I was drawn to Mad Men right from the beginning. I like a lot of things about the show: the characters, the acting, how it takes you back in time and shows you a glimpse of life from a time gone by, and even the ad aspect.
Marketing and advertising have always fascinated me. In fact, I went to college in hopes of becoming an ad woman!
I elected to be a marketing major, but come sophomore year it was pretty obvious changing my major was going to be in order if I wanted to graduate. I couldn’t pass accounting or economics to save my soul, and I needed those to be admitted into U of A’s Business School’s marketing program.
Instead I went with Communications. Similar lines, but no accounting or economics.
But that’s a story for another day. (Or is it? I guess I already told it.)
Back to the appeal of Mad Men…
Last night when I climbed into bed I started flipping channels. That’s when the Joy Behar Show on HLN caught my eye.
There was a caption on the bottom of the screen as the ladies were talking that said something about one of the actresses on Mad Men being a size 12. Then it said how the director prefers the women on the show to look “natural.”
As opposed to the concentration camp thin look most of the other actresses on 99% of the other TV shows go for?
THAT’S why I think Mad Men also appeals to me so much. Because I see those women, many of whom are extremely attractive, but many of whom are also just “regular,” and can actually relate to them.
They look like pictures of family members in photo albums I have from back at that time. They look “real.” They look like people who may have really lived then.
They don’t look like some illusions of beauty they’re trying to live up to based on someone else’s notion of it.
I think there’s a hint of irony in all of this somewhere. Or maybe more than a hint. What’s beauty after all? What we’re sold it being, which anymore means super thin, white teeth, shiny hair, good muscle tone, firm and unblemished skin…See where I’m going with this? I bet you can think of half a dozen products you’ve seen advertised just this morning that promote these things to you with the underlying promise you’ll be more beautiful if you use them.
Don’t get me wrong. Even on Mad Men the women all strive for a beauty ideal being sold to them via movies and TV at that time. Not much has changed in that respect. I feel it’s just gotten more intense these days.
Every Wednesday I get a quote from Women’s Wednesday Weblink. I really liked today’s.
People often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. ~Salma Hayek~
When was the last time you beheld yourself? I say go behold yourself today and take a minute to appreciate all the things that make you beautiful!