Question: In the first episode of Mad Men, we see Peggy going to a doctor and getting on the Pill. (Who can forget that he smoked through the entire appointment?) Women on the Pill don't always get their periods like they would normally, and in 1960? Sheesh, who knows how effective the Pill really was or what its side effects were. Peggy is a very naive person, so the fact that she was in denial up until the end was in character for her. Don't forget, too, that this show is about the advertising game, and any woman on the Pill back then probably did think "that's impossible." I, for one, was very glad it played out as it did and that we were spared the inevitable abortion episode. While it remains to be seen if her initial rejection of the baby lasts, in real life, a woman in 1960 in her position would have no choice but to give it up for adoption. Even if she wanted to keep it, she wouldn't be able to. I thought Elisabeth Moss did a great job of conveying that in the scene when the nurse brought the baby in her room. She wasn't turning away from the baby. She was denying the situation, still. Because there is nothing else she can do. That's how I took it, anyway. I thought it was very well done and I can't wait to see what happens when Mad Men returns next season.
Answer: This is another well-thought-out argument, and while I get where you're coming from and agree that I wouldn't have wanted to go through a long pregnancy storyline (or a back-alley abortion scenario) for Peggy, the abruptness of the instant baby still jars me. And while Peggy may be naive, I still can't reconcile the woman who came up with the ad campaign for the Relaxasizer (while figuring out its true purpose) being so out of touch with what was happening to her own body. That said, I'm counting the months, days, hours until Mad Men returns.