Take My Secretary, Please!
Is anyone surprised that when it comes to women, Donald Trump and Don Draper have a lot in common? When it comes to creepy, retro sexism, The Donald trumps even Don Draper.
Detailing Trump’s history of troubled behavior with women in a lengthy article, The NY Times just spent weeks interviewing more than 50 people to get a sense of Donald Trumps private behavior with women over more than 40 years.
Trump is the worst kind of throwback to the Mad Men era when misogyny was laughed off as business as usual. The suggestive remarks and creepiness of male workers made sexual harassment a near daily ordeal faced by women in the workplace.
Sexism and sexual harassment at the office was sometimes invisible because it was so darn normal.
In fact it was the stuff of great humor.
The world of sexist jobs, businessmen men objectifying and infantilizing women, lascivious philandering and wild office parties was fodder for comics and cartoonists alike.
Misogyny was easily laughed off as office antics.
Not a one of these cartoons would pass HR today.
Vintage Sexist Office Cartoons
Many of these cartoons were never meant to be glimpsed by the girls, appearing in male magazines like Playboy and Esquire, to be read at men’s clubs or the Barber shop where an earlier generation ogled the Police Gazette.
Mad Men may have offered us a front row seat to the world of mid-century misogyny, but Donald Trumps remarks and behavior has hopefully opened the dialogue to recognizing that sexism still exists today.
And it is no joke.
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I will (foolishly? honestly?) expose something of myself with this comment Sally. No, not that; calm down. (laughing)
As I read through this post and the vintage images, I thought “I’ve seen Sally’s images here before. An earlier post maybe?” I continued reading… “Now I have DEFINITELY seen those images before!” Then it hit me… I remember some of these cartoons as a teenager from my Dad’s lifetime subscription to Playboy. Hah! Please allow me to briefly say, however, that I did not grow up or was raised in a traditional (puritan?) Conservative home. Dad was agnostic and a Freethinker; Mom simply loved him like a good 1950’s – 1970’s wife was suppose to back then. Dad was not a typical Sexist back then either — he stood up for equality all the time. He and Mom were however, more open about sexuality than the typical Texas families. To my the/my point…
Having grown up with “unconventional” social views — a positive in this nation compared to other countries — Donald (t)Rump is absolutely the quintessential 1960’s Sexist. Give him enough time and enough circumstances around or with women and he proves it 97 times out of 100. It doesn’t take too much ‘probing’ to find his Sexist wiring. The primary reasons why Melanija Knavs is still remarkably married to (t)Rump — and this is not in any way meant to sound sexist — is… 1) she’s from a Slovenian-Yugoslavian culture yet finds American culture much more “equal” than her native land; a “speak-when-spoken-to” Slovene female? She may be innocently ignorant of Donald’s true character. And 2) money, money, and MORE money ad infinitum… which often hides or blinds someone from reality and the core nature of someone or a spouse. Though I do not know Melania personally, she has never struck me as a iconoclast sort of woman. Correct me if I’m wrong. I see that public image conflicting disastorously with Donald’s throne. 🙂
Aside from (t)Rump’s track-record with marriages and women, the United States will need to be completely prepared for hyper-volatile events should another nation’s leaders or Prime Ministers, etc, are female! THAT is what stresses me out endlessly! 😮 😦
Great post Sally! ❤
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I agree, the very thought of Trump dealing with international women in positions of power is very concerning. Since he sites his experience with running the Miss Universe Contest as his foreign policy credentials, we all have a lot to be worried about.
BTW, though you may recall some of these cartoons from your childhood, I have used a few of them in a previous post
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Well said Sally. I don’t understand why so many Americans (a majority of Republicans?) STILL believe the U.S. is an island/continent to itself and can be (foolishly) influenced by or dictate upon or impervious to global events, social movements, economies, and foreign crisis’! We haven’t been that ‘Independent’ 1912 – 1940’s nation since Dec. 7, 1941! We have been fully vested in world events and foreign cultures for at least a full century! Our Commander in Chief must be fully capable of managing WORLD affairs in a plethora of ways and wisdoms! Period!
Simply put Donald (t)Rump has the least capable stoic, foreign dignitary prowess of all present candidates, maybe the least since 1776. And since the beginning of Women’s Sufferage, more and more powerful, highly capable (needed) women are firmly inside national and world politics! It will only increase in 4-8 years! Sadly, (t)Rump is way behind the times.
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And yet, so many of us would like to see Trump as President. I find it real interesting, and angering, Trump attacking Bill Clinton for womanizing, then blaming the victim Hillary.
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