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Learn From Joan Holloway, Everyone

The Mad Men series always have a knack for twisting plots and characters to hype our anticipation for what's to come. If there is one woman that really catches our eyes lately, it's Joan Holloway. As far as I know, both men and women are just as intrigued by this beauty and her strong bold persona.

What's so special about Joan? Aside from the infidelity, the worrisome amount of smoking, and her failing marriage, this particular character is a muse to me as she is one of the few (and I mean few) female characters that men actually respect and listen to. She has an authority in her office, I remember one time when Don mentioned that he was afraid of her when he first came in the office, and he should.

So what can we learn from her? She has an amazing figure, that's for one. Joan gets what she wants and knows how to get it the right way. She never uses her looks as a primary arsenal when facing tough and difficult situations, although she knows how to utilize her charm to get her way when it's absolutely necessary. We notice that Joan has rather complicated relationships with male characters in the series, but I see it as a form of empowerment. She's not the quite woman who only talks when her bosses or her husband signal it's okay for her to talk. She says things when it needs to be out there, not wanting to be passive one.

Women empowerment has come a long way. Nowadays it's not weird to see many high demanding jobs being done and lead by women. I have to say that entertainment industries help a lot in fixing gender equality issues. How so? When we look at a certain strong, independent female figure or image in television or movies, we are more likely to appreciate or relate to what she has been through. Common image here is single mothers, or maybe women who grew up with one parent. Those images make us, both male and female, sympathize for female role in society.

I think Joan is a great example of that powerful female figure. She is attractive, charming, and dealing her life issues with strength. Joan is also going to be a single mother, the figure that I mentioned as someone that people sympathize and appreciate. Of course, she has serious problems in her sleeve as well, her occasional affairs, her unhealthy smoking and drinking habits, but if men are allowed those problems, maybe Joan is too.


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