Want to dress like Betty Draper but have Don Cook the Turkey ?

You may want to dress like the Mad Men female cast on Thanksgiving . I love the clothes. But don’t dish up the turkey like Betty Draper with poor daughter Sally doing all the serving.

Show your own children fair-play genderwise and don’t choose a boy over a girl. By the way you treat boys and girls, you will teach them that they are equal. You say that this is a no brainier now- but the Equal Rights Amendment has yet to pass.
Gender can be a paralyzing family rule. Families many times favor a male child over a female. In all cultures, gender dictates blindly. Parents of all societies often give more to a boy than a girl.
This ossified gender-based rule can be seen in AMC’s brilliant Mad Men female cast reflecting 1950’s women’s roles. Silent Generation ladies had to be to be secretaries when characters like voluptuous and brainy Joan really ran the office or sexually harrased  copywriter Peggy remained a lonely single woman brutally bossed around by the imperious and ever stylish , Don Draper.
The Women’s Movement was meant to resolve this dilemma. Glass ceilings were supposed to be shattered after the smoke hazed Sterling, Draper, Cooper, Pryce closed its doors .
But women continue to struggle with this issue in spite of all the MBA’s PhD’s walking through the shards in the past 50 years. Hilary Clinton ran for president .Three women sit as judges on the Supreme Court. Mad Men’s Peggy Olsen’s turned into Tina Brown and now heads up Newsweek and the Daily Beast.
Yet still, being a woman – both winsome and powerful- all at the same time remains a complicated issue . The title of AMC’s hit series “Mad Men,” says it all- and in 2010- are men still mad and parents still reinforcing this gender steriotype.
Model gender equality at Thanksgiving and
Help out gender equality on Turkey Day . Ask men to cook something, give thanks for daughters and sons then have the boys clear the table  . After all they are still the premiere chefs.

About momlovesyoubest

Cathy Cress holds an MSW in Aging from U.C. Berkeley. Her new book Mom Loves You Best, Forgiving and Forging Sibling Relationships , New Horizon Press, was published October 2010. Cress’s book , Handbook of Geriatric Care Management, Jones and Bartlett, is the bible of geriatric care management and is out out in a third edition in February 2011 .Her book Care Managers, Working With the Aging Family, Jones and Bartlett,2008 is one of the few major books on the aging family. Ms. Cress is the founder of GCM Consult ,working with small and national who want to add or launch GCM businesses. She is on the faculty at the University of Florida in their on line master’s in geriatric care management -GCM . She has taught geriatric care management at San Francisco State University , UC Berkeley and teaches at Cabrillo College and San Mateo College. She was founder and director of Cresscare, a GCM business, for 25 years.
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