Female hysteria used to be considered a medical disorder. It also used to rationalize treating women like a lower, less intelligent race. Thank God that’s over, right? We may not get a diagnosis anymore, but we’re not sure the perception of women has necessarily taken such great strides. Just take a look at movies and TV shows: We’re still bawling, melting down, and burdening others with hysterical outbursts. Hardly empowering.
Don Draper’s outburst on last week’s episode of Mad Men got lots of attention: One teary scene led to an entire Internet meme, complete with a a new blog: Sad Don Draper. Everyone stopped in their tracks at the hilarity of a grown man crying on television, but the women sobbing in our gallery (and countless TV shows and movies) hardly get a wink. More