I think some folks don’t want to know the truth – about their moms or grandmothers or even their wives. The truth is that stifling and silencing women can make them downright unlikeable. A lifetime of infantilization can make a woman childish. Motherhood is not every woman’s “calling.” Putting women in a prefab box can make them small. People want to think their maternal figures were honored and excited to wipe their asses and make dinner for daddy day in and day out, not that they might have been unfulfilled, frustrated and wanting more.
Or are people – the people watching Mad Men, at least – beyond that now? Is Betty-hatred just a simple case of a double-standard?