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A Modest Betty Draper Proposal

  • 10/14/09 at 11:15 AM

Check out Rachel Shukert's totally hilarious unsolicited advice for Betty Draper. Her baby suggestion especially cracked me up: so cold, yet so very logical!

Shukert identifies with Betty, which fascinates me. Like almost every woman I know, I see myself as a Peggy eternally trying to access her inner Joan. Betty leaves me cold, which makes sense, since the woman is practically an ice floe in pearl earrings. But I have to say, this essay was the first thing I'd read that gave me an inkling of sympathy for Mrs. D, vain, drunken, competitive pussycat that she is. I wouldn't mind seeing a show in which, instead of toying with mere affairs, Betty Draper basically adopted a Belle du Jour double-life with her own Manhattan-hideaway apartment. She could eventually join forces with the bohemian hooker protagonist of Showtime's Secret Diary of a Call Girl: a wacky sex-trade buddy comedy! It would require time travel, but I think it might be worth it.

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