In the remixed narrative, QueerMen: Don Loves Roger, the two patriarchs weigh the costs of coming out of the closet and decide they can afford it.
The goal was to tell a story about two men who once preserved concepts of manhood and masculinity but then found relief and happiness in each other, becoming a threat to the very same patriarchal system on which their power and privilege was based. QueerMen: Don Loves Roger is a story about Don subverting rather than selling traditional masculinity.
Whether you see Don Draper as a tortured , complex soul or a beacon of patriarchal power and misplaced masculinity, the male fan-base longing to emulate his misogynistic tendencies made Draper ripe for subverting into a literal man’s man. With our TV landscape abundant with similar stories of men bumping up against the confines of their traditional masculinity, it’s difficult to determine whether or not these stories promote patriarchy or exemplify how it hurts men just as much as women. It’s this negotiation that I was interested in exploring in these remix: We’re so accustom to negotiating that fine line between being a fan and a critic of popular culture. I wanted to illustrate how our feelings change when we see media and narratives that speak directly to ourselves and our communities and bridge that gap between fan and critic.
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