Marital sex has never been so spicy: Not to spoil the plot, but this season of AMC’s Mad Men has invited us into Don and Megan Draper’s midcentury-chic apartment and pulled back the curtain on the type of sex they have. To say that she’s the dom and he’s the sub is too black-and-white, but he’s turned on when, after a fight, she tells him he can’t have her, that he’s too old to get “this.” It’s bizarre to watch…and unspeakably hot at the same time.
Here’s what series creator Matthew Weiner told NPR about Don, Megan, and their S&M sex — and why Don Draper is into it:
“Don’s relationship — and [the] women in his life’s relationship[s] — between power and sex is very closely linked. And I think it’s part of the human experience. I think it’s an animal thing. Powerful men in particular seem to want to be controlled sexually. … I think what you’re seeing is that they do have a vibrant sex life, and she is controlling that part of it, and he likes it. And it’s the way they fight. And it’s kind of her saying to him, ‘You want to be this way? Then you can’t have this,’ and on some level wanting him to realize that he won’t get it. And what I love about it, and what I think is fresh, is that this woman is not judged afterward. It’s very rare for a woman to express that kind of sexual confidence and control and not be the prostitute, and be somebody’s wife and be in a relationship afterward. I’m both sexualizing their relationship and explaining her status in the relationship.”
All the more reason to love this show.
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