Monday, August 2, 2010

Mad Men and Real Women

I don't watch the show, but it seems that many of the paleos I read do, so I found this link of interest — Why Mad Men's women eat well and don't work out, by January Jones, star of the award-winning TV drama.

The report from Britain informs us that "Equalities Minister [yikes!] Lynne Featherstone certainly caused an explosion when she declared last week that the curvaceous female stars of hit TV show Mad Men make ideal role models for young girls," suggesting that "the buxom, hourglass figures of actresses such as Christina Hendricks were both healthy and empowering." As the title of the piece suggests, "one of the cult show’s other women stars has endorsed the Minister’s views, saying that men find a fuller figure far sexier" and "its creator Matthew Weiner agrees – telling female members of the cast to avoid strenuous exercise in order to maintain their curves and avoid muscle definition." The article suggests that "the show has brought back the idea that ‘it’s OK to have curves and be a woman."

A welcome counter to Scott Locklin's recent article argiung that "six million Americans who don’t know a desirable woman from a mantis shrimp" —’s Top Babes: Ravishing or Roadkill?

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Blogger Tracy Fennell said...

Hmmm, the two women from Mad Men mentioned in the article are both listed on the "Hot 99" or whatever it's called. And really the article is not about January Jones, who plays the main protagonist's wife, but about Christina Hendricks. All the women are not actually from the 1960s, they are of course modern-day actresses. I think this is just so much spin in the creation of a mythos about the show.

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