So my girlfriend came to me the other day and told me about this new guy she’s dating.
“He’s extremely handsome,” she started, smiling happily. “Very successful, sharp dresser, intelligent.”
My girlfriend has had bad luck with men in the past, so I was a little dubious, but also excited. “Tell me more,” I pressed.
“Well,” she continued, a bit more hesitantly, “He takes me out to fancy dinners, buys me extravagant gifts – oh, and he’s great in the sack!”
I noticed one key element seemed to be missing. “Is he… nice?”
“Is he funny?”
Another pause, and a slightly concerned look.
“Spill it,” I demanded.
“Well…” she paused again. “He’s previously married, and has three kids. He repeatedly and shamelessly cheated on his wife with everyone from co-workers to business associates to long-time acquaintances to total strangers. He even cheated on her when she was pregnant.”
I was dumbfounded.
“He also cheated on women he was cheating with with other women. He’s not particularly nice, he doesn’t have much moral fiber, he lies, he has a very shadowy past he won’t discuss, he doesn’t seem to have any sense of humor, he can be verbally and sometimes physically abusive, he’s self-absorbed, he sometimes neglects his children, and he seems to think, for the most part, that women are below men. Oh! But he did help a very qualified woman at work get ahead! So that was nice!”
I stared, my mouth opening and closing like a fish, no sound escaping.
“Okay, I know that all sounds bad, but he’s very suave! And he really is good in bed!”
Ladies, if this sounds berserk to you, it’s because it is. Wtf is up with the fanatical obsession with Don Draper? On the show, okay, these women don’t know quite what a completely abhorrent human being he is. But you? You know! You have seen him do all these terrible, terrible things! Stop! If this is what you are aspiring to find in a man, you are going to be in for a life of sadness. Don Draper is fascinating, Mad Men is a phenomenal, riveting show, Jon Hamm is really quite attractive. But Don Draper as an ideal?
You can do better.
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