TO: Men all over the planet
RE: On those slick Don Drapers
DATE: June 14, 2012
Peter Pan Complex. Now, boys, I've seen so many of you begin to drop like because of a different syndrome entirely: The Don Draper Syndrome.
Yes, that right. Don Draper. Yes, the main character on the AMC hit Mad Men, a period drama about advertising executives on Madison Avenue in the 1960s. And yes, it seems like more and more of you are falling ill lately. Frankly, it's always baffled me why Don Draper would ever be the yardstick by which you measure yourself.
But there's something that's been baffling me even more lately: Why are women, myself included, seemingly unable to resist the Don Drapers of the world? Don't we know that in the long-run, the fantasy will always be 100 times better than the reality? So why is it that we hold onto that fantasy -- even in the midst of our own frustration? And let me tell you, boys, that frustration level can get pretty high sometimes.
Maybe we think we can "save" the Don Drapers everywhere and help them to see their full potential. But when all is said and done, do they really want to be saved? I'm not too sure. What do you think, boys...? xoxo