So, since we have looked in to multiple genres of film, and my last post discussed advertising to women, I decided to look at Sex and The City. I must admit right off, it is one of my favorite shows. I enjoy watching the women live out a fantasy world, doing things I feel I could never, or would never do. And this is precisely the goal of the show: as no woman COULD do what they do. This show is seen as a feminist show: depicting its characters being successful and independent women, that actually use men sexually.

Lets take Carrie Bradshaw’s character for example, played by Sarah Jessica Parker:

Carrie is a writer, who writes the column “Sex and the City” for a newspaper while living in New York City. She lives alone (through the majority of the series) in a large apartment with a walk-through closet, kitchen, living area, and bathroom. Lets face it girls, Carrie would never be able to afford this place, New York City apartments are RIDICULOUSLY expensive (even if it was rent-controlled). Next on the list, her shoe collection. Carrie supposedly has hundreds of pairs of designer shoes, most notably Manolo Blahniks which run just shy of a grand a pair. In one episode, Carrie admits to having around 400,000 dollars worth of shoes. Her salary must be pretty large for that column! Not to mention her bursting closet full of designers as well. Next, Carrie self admittingly cannot cook and NEVER uses her oven (instead uses it to store sweaters). She is seen instead eating out in every single episode, washing it all down with a few cocktails of course.  We also never see her exercise, yet she remains what appears to be a size zero. I could go on..

Next, for the “Sex” part of  Sex and the City, lets look at Samantha Jones (played by Kim Cattrall):

Samantha Jones is by far the most promiscuous of the 4 girls. She sleeps with a different man almost every episode, aside from short relationships. Now, the assumption is that she has full control over her sexuality and is a strong, powerful woman. My critique is that they express her strength and power through her sexuality, making it seem as if in order for women to have power, they must use their sexuality. This is a message too many viewers are taking in without realizing, which terrifies me. Also, although the plot is  surrounding 4 women, our main character is always talking about men.

On top of all of these facts, I should also point out that in production for  the film Sex and the City and the sequel, the cameras were fixed with a softened lens to mask the aging of the characters (Kim Cattrall is now into her mid 50’s). Imperfections are so frowned upon, actors now are not allowed to age! Im sure they’ll keep that in mind 🙂

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