It’s no secret I am riveted by every episode of this season’s Mad Men. This week’s episode displayed some bold moves by the women of the cast (*spoiler alert*).
Joan essentially agreed to have sex in exchange for partnership in the agency.
Peggy is not only leaving the agency but elected to join Draper’s competition.
How far apart are these woman on the moral spectrum? Which one did the right thing? Who did the wrong thing? Which one should be championed?
Before you answer, I offer some varied perspectives:
Joan: money was more important than her self-respect.
Peggy: no amount of money could compensate for the ego beating she endured at Don’s hand.
Or?: they both had an agenda and they followed through to get what want.
Joan: was desperate. She has a baby to think about and no husband to support them.
Peggy: was in control. She was fed up with the way she was being treated and schemed to leave.
Or?: they were both pawns – Joan to Lane and Peggy to Don’s nemesis – and didn’t even make choices for themselves.
Joan: Don begged her not to take the money and sell out.
Peggy: Don begged her to take the money and sell out.
Or?: it wasn’t about the woman’s self-worth or the “right” choice, it was about getting them to do what Don wanted them to do. In the end, both women defied or disappointed him.
Joan: did what was best for her family.
Peggy: did what was best for her career.
Or?: both were motivated by revenge.
Some may see these situations as simple to dissect. But me? I say the women of Mad Men are deeper and more complex than snap judgment.
Do you watch Mad Men? What did you think of Joan and Peggy actions?