Okay, here’s the deal. I don’t love Megan Draper, but this article from Celebitchy got me a bit miffed (the photos are wonderful though and shirtless Hamm is definitely a treat).
I know this character gets a lot of (undeserved) hate and I guess I can see where it’s coming from; maybe she does make Don Draper less likable, maybe we are disappointed that he didn’t choose the wiser and wittier Faye instead, but this is all his doing, this is all Don Draper, so we shouldn’t blame Megan for his inability to commit to meaningful relationships.
I don’t see Megan Draper as “infantilized and tantrum-prone and vapid.” Even people who don’t like her or simply don’t care much about her character can admit that she is not just a two-dimensional plaything. We’ve seen an entire season of her striving hard to achieve what she wants, never letting Don or anyone else (including her parents) sidetrack her, even refusing to work in advertising despite being brilliant at it. There’s a lot of strength in walking away from something so secure, something you’re really good at, to pursue the unknown and throw yourself out there, just because you love it more than anything else in the world. Basically, everyone’s against her; Don, Sally, her mother and father, Betty, the people at the office etc. And she still holds her chin up high and smiles through it. I think she’s allowed to lash out when the pressure gets to her. Anyone would.
There are moments in which she makes other characters question their thinking just by stating the obvious. She doesn’t beat around the bush. She’s younger (new generation) so she doesn’t speak in euphemisms. In fact, it’s almost surprising how direct and matter-of-fact she can be (remind you of anyone else? Hint, it’s her husband). People take issue with the fact that she “used” Don to get the part in that commercial in the season finale, but if Don Draper had done the same thing to her, they would have taken it as ambition and shrewdness; in any case he would have remained just as likable, despite the morally ambiguous behaviour (because he is not even judged through that spectrum, but that’s another story).
Of course she is a flawed human being. Of course there are times when you don’t sympathize with her. It’s natural. It’s realistic. It’s good writing.
I, for one, don’t see the vapidness or the childishness.
She is simply different, an individual in her own right, and that should be commanded.
Unless we demand that all women on Mad Men be either Peggies or Joanies. And nothing else in between.