As defined by dictionary.com
1. mentally disturbed; deranged; insane; demented
2. extremely foolish or unwise; imprudent; irrational
3. widely excited or confused: frantic
4. overcome by desire, eagerness, enthusiasm
As defined by amctv.com
TV drama that follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell.
My Mad Woman Opinion:
“If Mad Men has struck a nerve with viewers, it’s because its themes reflect a time that’s more real and omnipresent today than we sometimes realize.” – Canada.com
Everyone has a secret. This is true of life. Is it true of the advertising world? Sure it is. We work with people day in and day out. We spend the majority of our day with our co-workers? Do they know the intimate details of our life? It all depends on your level of comfort, openness and chatterbox level. At a previous agency, I had a work husband. We were open, we laughed and joked and supported each other through personal trials. It was what made the day good. It helped through the stressful times. In Mad Men, we see Penny hold the secret of sleeping with an account exec. Did my ‘work husband’ know intimate details…no. You have to maintain some degree of sensibility. And my social life is not nearly as entertaining or gripping to a TV crowd as the adulterous romps in the sack of the Mad Men characters.
Drinking and smoking are second nature. Yes we still do the liquid lunches, the media parties but the in office drinking…ummm…shhhh don’t tell my boss about the bottle of jacks in the bottom filing drawer 😉 The rep lunches and media parties are definite draws to the industry. The socializing, free booze, miniature appetizers and schmoozing is a very very nice bonus and perk to this job. Do you balance it with knowing your workload and what you can and cannot handle outside of work hours? Yes. However, does the 12 oclock martini still exists. Yup. Does the 4 o’clock beer to just get me through this last hour on Friday? Hell Yes.
[I wrote this blog article a while ago. Since I’ve started training for the fitness competitions the Martinis and Beer have stopped :(]
Boys will be Boys. Is it still a man’s world out there? I would like to argue it exists to some degree. Men are sometimes better suited to sales positions. It’s easier for them to take no for an answer and bounce back. Women are better suited to organizational positions (don’t shoot me I didn’t say secretarial). It’s just the simple truth of anal retentive, obsessive-compulsive tendencies. We see many Men at the top because they simply have a calmer air to them. The women are account executives managing creative, production, client and media. We see executive assistants remain women. However the influx of creative women into the advertising world is a testament to the new Mad WOMen club. However, do they have the typical guy qualities to succeed? I would like to say yes (again don’t shoot me). My feminism exists but I fully acknowledge you require Mad Men qualities to succeed in your professional career.
So when it comes to the show…am I truly mad about Mad Men?
1. I’m slightly mentally disturbed by the adultery in Mad Men. You could say it makes me a bit angry to see the truth.
2. The extreme foolishness of the show has me hooked to come back every week and to save it to the PVR.
3. I do get widely excited about the story lines and enjoy the water cooler talk around the show.
4. I definitely would say I’m overcome by desire, eagerness and enthusiasm when blogging, speaking or thinking about one of my new fav shows.
This Mad Woman enjoys her Mad Men.