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August 02, 2013

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Christina Hendricks, ah, "Joan Harris, nee Holloway" -- how can we resist her as the ultimate object of masculine fantasy, circa 1965? The semiotics? Well, I think the image is as it appears to be, and therefore can't be called "fake": woman as the American male of the era had been conditioned to imagine and desire her: the product as its own advertisement, some "thing" a "playboy" might hope to "acquire." Of course, Norma Jean Baker would have plenty to say about a creation of her own, and that sensibility can inform the MADMEN aficionado who both enjoys and deconstructs the tantalizing "Joan."

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