For seven long seasons, Mad Men has filled our television screens. This spring, it’s finally all coming to an end. Mad Men has changed the way people make TV. But it has also shaped the way people see the past. The early 1960s are now “the Mad Men era” and the show is a cultural reference point that people use to talk about sexual harassment and the wage gap, among many other issues.
On today’s show, we’re looking at how Mad Men is a frame of reference for our understanding of politics and advertising. Sarah-Jane Stratford discusses how political groups use Mad Men as a call to arms and Ciara LaVelle explores the forgotten history of women in advertising. Bitch Creative and Editorial Director Andi Zeisler and long-time contributor Kelsey Wallace close out the show with a discussion of how Mad Men has handled gender issues over its seven seasons. Listen in!
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