AMC’s Mad Men has often been commended for dealing with issues like rape and sexism on the air, and now the show’s cast has gone a step further by attending a fundraiser for the Rape Treatment Center in Beverly Hills. As is generally the case, the star of this event was Jon Hamm, who gave a touching speech about being raised by a single mother, working in a daycare center, and the importance of teaching kids (especially young boys) about what sexual assault does to people.
Via E! Online:
“I was a child of a single parent,” Hamm said [of his decision to work at a daycare]. “I spent the majority of my life in daycare, after school programs, summer school programs. Having gone through what I had gone through as a child…there were no real male role models in any of these places. There were never any dudes. It was a bummer as a young man to, not only not have a father figure in my life, but no real male figures as teachers or as educators or as afterschool program leaders or anything.”
I’m sorry he had to grow up with no male role models, but if ever there was proof that a kid can grow up without a father and turn out just fine, Jon Hamm is it, no? He also talked about how important it is to teach kids, especially boys, about the impact of rape from a very young age:
“It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape,” he said, adding, “Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet.”
This seems to echo the sentiments of feminist actions like the SlutWalk, which seek to shift the blame for sexual assault off of the victims and squarely onto the rapists, where it belongs. It seems like Jon Hamm is about as different from Don “Fingering Attack” Draper as it’s possible for a human to be. No wonder he’s so great at exposing the terrible way men like Draper treated (and continue to treat) women. Sigh!