Candace Bushnell says sex and the city were not ‘very feminist’

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Arguing about whether Sex and the City was feminist or not, is a pointless endeavor, for any tinge of feminism one might find in Carrie Bradshaw and comrades’ journey to New York and single life around the early 2000s is much in the eye of the beholder. But if you’re the kind of person who demands that the creator of the art you consume weigh in, then Candace Bushnell, the woman in charge of Carrie Bradshaw, is here.

In a interview with New York Post, Bushnell offered his thoughts on Sex and the Cityis feminism, in front release of veryballyhooed restart, And just like that …, which is coming to a television near you at some point in December. Bushnell has come to peace with the character she created, “the non-existent in reality Carrie Bradshaw”, and would like to impress those who have treated Sex and the City as a handbook for living life as a single woman to consider a reality check. Sex and the City is fiction, Carrie Bradshaw is not very ambitious, and oh, if you were wondering that the show itself is not feminist.

Here she is:

“The reality is that finding a guy may not be your best financial choice in the long run. Men can be very dangerous to women in many different ways. We never talk about this, but it’s something women need to think about: You can do much less. . . when you have to trust a man, ”Bushnell told The Post. “The TV show and the message were not very feminist in the end.

“But it’s TV. It’s entertainment. Therefore, people should not base their lives on a television program. ”

Part of Bushnell’s argument for the show’s non-feminism points to the end, with Carrie eventually ending up with Mr. Big, which she always wanted. Analyzing her mindset here, a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bike, ladies !! That’s no doubt true, so ten points for Bushnell there. Ten additional points to Bushnell to shed light on the argument that finding and holding on to a man in the foreseeable future is not necessarily the case. “best economic choice in the long run”, because it’s a statement that can hold to get a little more air! However, feminism off Sex and the City is an age-old argument, bandied about since at least 2008, when Alice Wignall noted for Guardian on the occasion of the first Sex and the City movies that just because the show is centered around four women’s lives, their biggest concern seems to be men.

While I hate to admit that I often think about this episode, Carrie’s story gestures in the episode “A woman’s right to shoes” from 2003 against feminism before turning back to her comfort zone: Carrie, annoyed that her Manolo Blahniks were stolen by shoe-off baby shower, demands that the shower host pay for her missing shoes, and then goes so far as to sign up for those shoes in response to being “ashamed” of being single. The shame of being single is the show’s strongest line, as it is the silent and invisible enemy that these women fight every day. Is it feminist to start a registry for yourself just to exist independently, unrelated to the limitations of traditional family and relationships? No not really. A close reading of the show reveals that Carrie was above all an asshole and used her single status as cover for more unpleasant parts of her personality.

Whose Sex and the City is anything but, it’s a very good romantic comedy stretched over six seasons of television – a nice thing to be, nice to have around and above all entertaining. Technically, Sex and the City had a veneer of feminism in that it was a show where women talked honestly and graphically about sex in ways previously unseen in popular culture, and paid lip service to feminism in some of its plot lines. But feminism is much more complicated than a television program that women are equally sweet and mean to each other. Throwing any of these women’s decisions as feminists or thinking about the feminism that may exist in this fictional world takes away from the joy of watching the show itself, so maybe this time it’s best to leave this argument in the dust, where it belongs.


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