I remember discussing Mad Men with somebody around a year ago. She was one of those people who couldn’t stop putting Betty down, making Don out to be a stalwart, trustworthy individual. (Despite the drinking, the affairs, monitoring Betty’s progress with her psychiatrist and generally being thrilled when things outside of being the ‘perfect’ mother and wife fell flat.) She said the usual things. You know, Betty is a terrible mother, look at everything she has and she’s still bitter, etc. Eventually, she saw the error of her ways. A third run through of the season and she realised how much Betty’s personality was a byproduct of how unhappy she was. I know that can be argued for every character on the show, as well as everybody on the mortal coil who thinks too much, so Don too, but I specifically remember her saying, “Don is good with his kids, though. He is.” And yeah, he is. But he also only has to spend a couple of days with them, then they go back home, and when they all lived together, he saw them a couple of hours per day. Anyway, I’m wondering if this was nowadays, and say, hypothetically, Betty was a working mother and Don a stay-at-home dad, whether he’d be any “better”? I feel like he would give them that look. The Don look; the one he gives when he’s displeased with something not going his way; the curl in his lip, you know the one. Then he would storm up to his room to watch birds.
Just some thoughts to keep things going through this hiatus, please keep submitting your opinions and anything you want!