Don Draper: What do women want?
Roger Sterling: Who cares?
——Episode 1.02: Ladies Room
Roger Sterling is the living body of entitlement. He doesn’t care what women want; they exist only in his orbit. Joan shouldn’t dress in pajamas when she’s hanging around the house—what if he stops by and wants to see her in a nightie? Even with a prostitute, if he wants something that’s against her rules, he finds a way (money) to get what he wants anyway.
A long time ago I was editor of a consumer newsletter and we did an issue on clothing. I read an article about the meaning of hats and headgear. What you wear on your head represents your true self. That’s why, for example, an Arab can wear a business suit and a keffiyeh, or J.R. Ewing can wear a business suit and a Stetson, and look dignified: The headgear represents their true nature. By contrast, tourists donning the headgear of the place they’re visiting look ridiculous—their head can’t truly be anywhere but where they’re really from.
Roger listens to Jane. Really listens. And in doing so, he puts on her headgear. They lay together, wearing the same pink turbans (hers) and it’s a meeting of minds, physically as well as emotionally. He is in her headgear because he is in her thoughts, hearing her, knowing her. They are intimate, head-to-head, mind-to-mind.
(Thanks to Kevin Lee for the perfect screenshot to accompany this.)