I’ve been paying attention lately to parental figures in film and television, and I think I’ve come to my first conclusion: Betty Draper is a bad Mom.
Let’s say your 10-year-old daughter is caught masturbating at a friend’s slumber party. Do you . . .
a) Slap her in the face and tell her you’ll cut her fingers off.
b) Explain that masturbation is perfectly normal but usually done in private.
c) Pretend the whole thing never happened.
I’m no seasoned parent, but I think you probably go with B there. Not C. And certainly not A – unless, that is, you yourself are saddled with so many sexual complexes that you figure your daughter should be saddled with them too. “No orgasms for you, Sally Draper!”
Anyhow, here’s a nice montage of the kind of parent I don’t want to be: