Thursday, July 23, 2009
Karma's been loving these last couple hotter days.
Didn't get caught up on anything online yesterday. Read and puttered a little and watched the last DVD of Mad Men season two--such a good show!
As changes mount within New York advertising agency Sterling Cooper, brilliant executive Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finds that he must work harder at staying ahead of the competition -- which includes the young execs within his own firm who are eyeing his job. Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser and January Jones also star in this Golden Globe-winning drama, which centers on Draper's dealings both inside and outside the agency.
I was eleven years old in 1962 when these things were happening in season two--the cold war, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space race, the beginnings of women's lib and the civil rights movement. I remember. And even by eleven you are quite aware of a "woman's place" when you are a young girl. I don't remember when it happened, but I remember it was a big deal when a wife could have a store credit card on her own without her husband's signature (permission). Women were still legally just extensions of their men. Girls went to college to "find a good husband" or have something to do in the meantime before they got married. Totally felt like a man's world when I was a child.
The majority of the moms were home with the kids in our suburban Minneapolis neighborhood when I was little. Commercialism and materialism started to permeate the culture more and more (with the spread of television and advertising--a la Mad Men--hehe!). Mom's started going to work for the extras--the automatic washers and dryers--the new color console TV and stereo record player. And then they had to work to afford the second car to get to the job for all those extras. I always felt that is what the hippies were against--the keeping up with the Joneses--how the world was becoming disposable (just like plastic diapers and Kleenexes)--and the family units were drifting apart. The main focus was becoming things and not people--and we were forgetting about the earth, you know? Well, that's how I felt as a Midwestern flower child. :)
Anyways, they will be showing when President Kennedy was shot (if they don't get cancelled, of course) and I'll be fascinated to see how the characters react. Everyone was glued to the TV for days. I remember it felt like the death of idealism and hope to me. The flower children believed in love, hope, community, sharing, conservation, equality, and ideals. No wonder I am still a flower child at heart. :):)
Now--a long wait until the next season of Mad Men comes out on DVD. :)
Miss Karma holds vigil at night--sits and looks up at the lamp for moths.