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1 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jun 5, 2011 6:16:49am

There is an ironic blend of racial anti-discrimination message and gender bias. Did you notice a very young Ed Asner at the board meeting? (The 50’s attitudes are fairly commonplace, IIRC.)

2 Virginia Plain  Sun, Jun 5, 2011 8:10:49am

Oh man, how things have changed.

3 What, me worry?  Sun, Jun 5, 2011 9:04:57am

Love, love, love it.

It’s especially interesting to see how the prejudices are fresher and stronger in the people working within the company at the grunt level as opposed to the managers and higher-ups.

I didn’t really see that. I think management voiced both reticence and acceptance as did the office workers.

The theme that spoke to me was fear. Not just Mary’s fear of being the only Black woman in a white office, but the fear represented by Beth, the stenographer at the board meeting, that if she accepts Mary, what will the other women say? Even though she believes “it’s about time we woke up” to this reality. The boss tells her not to be frightened of the other womens’ prejudices. It is Beth who quite willingly invites Mary to the lunch table.

Then the scene at Mary’s home where her mother explains the fears she had and her mother had, and that she needs to press through. So many Rosa Parks existed who remained unsung.

What about the woman who threatens to resign? Did you notice the boss chastises her twice about coming in late?

Anyway, thanks for sharing :)

4 Our Precious Bodily Fluids  Sun, Jun 5, 2011 9:34:56am

Read the credits carefully, all the way to the end. Utterly fascinating.

Also, Tea Party shit-storm fuel.

5 Michael Orion Powell  Sun, Jun 5, 2011 12:49:26pm
I didn’t really see that. I think management voiced both reticence and acceptance as did the office workers.

They weren’t exactly marching with Martin Luther King but their reticence was very different from the overt hostility of the secretary and the man who just stares at her and says “How do you do?” twice.


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