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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