It's a tone that is very reassuring, but which also surprised us, because, as Virginia Woolf pointed out 75 years ago, you don't usually get to eavesdrop on what women who are really close to one another dare to say in private.
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It shook us up. Even though the show is so funny and slick, it doesn't fall into the trap of most comedy series - it doesn't patronise its protagonists. And so it expresses the level of sexual confidence that independent women have now without ever suggesting that they are heartless or slutty or out of control. When so much art and commentary still presents women as victims, of men's desire or of their own self-consciousness about their bodies or of their own need to be loved, there is something so refreshing about a show that gives this sort of self-belief to single women.
The show grew from pretty unpromising beginnings to become a classic for our times. I don't think anyone in the future will be able to write about the status of women in the US at the turn of the century without running through some old Sex and the City videos, and appreciating how single women bestrode Manhattan. I find it a bit inane really.
From the few episodes I've seen, I find it Gucci-Smoochie. I'm more of a Cold Feet person. It's full of product-placement, with very little irony around that - not like in Ab Fab, which was all about joking about a certain brand. In Sex and the City it's brand as status. To me, the characters just come across as the same sort of air-brushed, be-make-upped, bland women, no different to all the women on TV before.
Not particularly feminist or empowered at all. The level of their empowerment seems to be whether they can book a table at a particular restaurant or snag a certain man. Surely feminism can deliver more than that?
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No one really talked about sex toys or female masturbation before, but the programme devoted three whole episodes to different types of sex toys. Of course Cosmo talked about sex and orgasms, but it was almost if you weren't having 10 orgasms a night there was something wrong. Ann Summers was already selling something like over half a million sex toys, but still no one talked about them - they were seen to be sad and desperate. Now they've become acceptable. And I think it even changed the way women thought about their underwear - it became a cool part of fashion - you saw these beautiful, highly-styled women and half the time they were in their bra and pants.
I think it changed women's attitudes to spending money on these things. The pearl thong episode evidently made a huge impact for us. It was just fun, and there's nothing wrong with fun. Sex and the City taught women that. I was living in New York and I'd read the book and columns before the show started, so Sex and the City was already a big thing. I was working for American Vogue, so I was spending all of my money on expensive shoes.
It reflected the life I was already living. It was a mirror of our lives. No one in New York was saying "Oh my god! The girls on Sex and the City are discussing vibrators!
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A friend in New York rang up the other day and said "I had sex five times last night and I had five orgasms. And I thought, I don't remember any of my English friends ever telling me something like that so seriously and openly. I don't know if it was the sex, or the women, or the fashion It might have been the cocktail of all of it. It should be banned immediately.
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And justify her actions she did. Aiden, the wholesome carpenter who wanted to love her, marry her, and whisk her up to his upstate cabin aptly located in Suffern, New York was too good for her. Jack Berger was just living proof that men can simply be women in disguise. And Aleksander Petrovsky was a bit of a waste of a story arc why, Mikhail, why?! Big really should have been the one to tell Carrie exactly where to go, because, frankly, my dear, in the famous words of Rhett Butler who also was unfairly subjected to a woman suffering from way too much Inner Monologue Syndrome, or IMS for short , nobody gave a f-ck.
He sat there, listened intently, and tried to unravel the crazy, just as he tried to unravel my own crazy. I did say he was my ex, right? Looking to calm your dog down without embarrassing yourself or having to get prescription medication? For both of us.
Everyone should stop revisiting ideas that have already been explored. Am I the only female that never aspired to identify herself as a character from that awful, awful show? I think Sex and the City make girls look really stupid. Just about to ask the same question, I never knew that. I knew Charlotte slept with Capote Duncan. And yet, everyone has watched the show or has knowledge of it. Why do people have the need to find a meaning behind it all? Maybe you can relate to sex and the city, maybe not.
It was just a story. It was 'SATC' meets journalism. Producers sent me to a mind architect, a love coach and a witch in the pursuit of love. So, she says, she was okay with the show not being renewed. By now, the defunct Gawker site had taken hold of Allison's image and gave it a thrashing, writing about her, as she says, as 'much as they wrote about Paris Hilton, but I had none of Paris' resources to defend myself. It was just ugly. Allison says chasing the lifestyle that was representing on SATC left her empty.
She has since worked on her life and getting values in order, but is still struggling with the trauma of chasing the dream. In one of several photos Allison shared from her spiritual quest to Bali she captioned 'Searching for ''that rare miracle of insight at the meeting point of the lucid and the luminous''.
Picture perfect Bali style: Allison shared this shot to Instagram in February. Also, it was miserable to have cameras around all the time,' Allison recalls. After doing much soul searching, which included moving to San Francisco in and writing a book on personal-growth book called the 'Experiments in Happiness.
Then, she says 'Finally, I decided to go private for a while. I stopped blogging and writing.
I rarely post on Instagram. Last year she had a failed relationship with a man that ultimately wanted to be poly-amorous- and, she blames the show. If I was more grounded and had honestly assessed whether or not this man was a good partner for me, I don't think we ever would have dated. After that she went to Bali on a spiritual quest and remained celibate for the eight month journey.
As she reflects on how she's spent the past decade, she says, she realizes she is still fixing the problems trying to live like a fictional character on a glamorous show about single women in their 30's living in New York City. I'm finally living a life of integrity, and I'm attuned to my values. I never heard about values on 'Sex and the City.
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Now she says, she wishes she never heard of the show in the first place. Allison says nowadays she finds reasonable sexy and has found a more grounded profession. Perhaps I'd be married with children now? Who knows, but I can say for sure that, as clever and aesthetically pleasing as the show was, and, as much as I agree with its value of female friendships, it showed too much consumerism and fear of intimacy disguised as empowerment. Now, Allison says, she is in a relationship with a man she would have never dated years-ago.
And she says, she has put away all the things that were a staple of what she thought she wanted to be. The designer shoes and bags are in storage. Now, I feel like genuine me. I'm no longer a Carrie Bradshaw knockoff. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
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