The 50s

Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men

I lived through the 50s. They weren’t all that wonderful, other than that I was young and naive. So I can’t get into “Mad Men.” Why experience the 50s way of dealing with women all over again vicariously with the help of Don Draper and others? I keep thinking I should watch it – it wins awards – people revere it – but I simply can’t get down with the 50s one more time.

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “the 50s.”

Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

4 thoughts on “The 50s”

  1. I have always been thankful that I was a child of the 50s, a simple life in rural America filled with great memories of a large family. One TV, one car, raised by parents whose skills were honed in the crucible of the Great Depression. As children, we were loved, nurtured and mentored to watch out for each other and enjoy what we had not worry about others.

  2. Has the 50’s way of dealing with women changed that much? For all our bra burning and marching in the streets, I’m not sure women’s status in the workplace, or the world at large, has changed significantly. Equal pay for equal work is still not a general reality. Women still hold the lowest paying positions. We may have come a long way, baby, but we also have a long way to go.

  3. What I like about the show is the honesty. That was a time when you could have booze in your office and smoke at will. Today people have to sneak nips into the office and smoke outside in January. We may have a healthier attitude physically today but we are denying our true nature which is unhealthy psychologically.

  4. In the ’50s, I was just a kid — a tomboy who hated her plaid jumper and preferred hockey to dolls and girl stuff like that. My rant in those days were not on politics but on how unfair it was that I couldn’t play Little League. Raising my daughter in the ’70s -’90s era was a hoot — sports for girls were ‘in’ and I had a blast watching her swim and play soccer and even get an athletic scholarship — unheard of in my day. We women really “have come a long way, baby!”

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