Friday, September 16, 2011

Rash of TV Shows Revisit Overt Brutal Sexism of Yesteryear

Done right, shows like Pan Am and Playboy Bunny could be a sorely needed education for girls and women too young to remember the bad old days:

“Pan Am,” set in 1963 when the airline was a symbol of progress and cosmopolitan savoir faire, has a “Mad Men” gloss: lush cinematography and Buddy Greco singing “Around the World.”

One of the executive producers is Nancy Hult Ganis, a former Pan Am flight attendant, who relied on her own experiences. One of the earliest scenes shows the airline’s mandatory weigh-in and a sour-faced matron slapping one of her charge’s fanny to make sure her girdle is on.

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