Monday, September 14, 2009

Mad Men and the Closet - By Cathy Wos - Straight Spouse Network Blog

September 10, 2009 - Straight Spouse Network Blog

I am obsessed with the show Mad Men. The writing is superb, the actors are phenomenal and the wardrobe is stunning.

It’s the 1960’s, and while an interesting era to watch, certainly not one I want to live in. The world of a 1960’s housewife was stifling. She was to been seen and not heard. Her husband was the breadwinner and he made all the decisions…

In Mad Men, each character struggles with the role he or she plays in society. It is most apparent with Salvatore Romano: Madison Avenue Advertising Art Director and closeted homosexual. In pre-Stonewall society he has no choice but to remain in the closet and play the part of red-blooded hetero male…

The viewers can see that Sal has a crush on him, but Kitty doesn’t. All she knows is that something in this marriage is missing and she doesn’t quite understand.

Approximately 2 million men and women have been in Kitty’s role: straight spouse. Mad Men may be set over 40 years ago, but that doesn’t mean the closet has completely opened. Each day more and more people seek support from the Straight Spouse Network [website]. The difference now is that they have somewhere to turn. The difference now is they do not need to stay in their gay spouse’s closet.

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