Sex and the City, Girls will be Girls

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I am so happy that we are watching this show this week as it is another of my all time favorites.  While re-watching this week’s episodes, I began to reflect on why this show was so groundbreaking at the time.  Hearing profanity, seeing nudity, and representing different sexualities is almost commonplace on television today, however, Sex and the City was one of the first shows (thanks to HBO) to depict these risqué topics. I think that one of the reasons that people were open to watching these controversial things on this show was because it was introduced and moreover softened by both beautiful and intelligent female protagonists.  Hearing or watching anything different or experimental on television is shocking, but it is much easier to swallow when it comes from fabulous women that girls want to be and men want to be with.  I am curious if topics like these would have caused an even greater backlash had they been introduced in an all male show with a less provocative title.  The innate and apparent confidence of these female stars presented these issues with such wit and humor that I feel it made the audience more open minded and comfortable rather than off put those with different beliefs.  That is why I love Sex and the City, it pushes boundaries and challenges norms and it does so in a way that empowers women and instills confidence.

Stephanie Rubin

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4 Responses to Sex and the City, Girls will be Girls

  1. mediaphiles says:

    I think it’s interesting how at the time, this show was groundbreaking. Yet if this were to hit television now, I believe it would be harshly criticized for lack of minority representation and stereotypical gender roles of women.
    -Ayla

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I agree that Sex in the City pushes boundaries and challenges norms, while empowering women. Those women are fabulous and the “experimental” content you are referring to is glamorized in this show, which provokes audiences to have an open mind. -Kelsey Sierra

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I love Sex and the City. I actually watched the movies before I watched the television show! I was so intrigued because they were so fabulous and like you said, they were women that other women wanted to be! I do agree with Ayla’s comment though that it did not represent minority women the way that it should have. -Allie Kleinman

  4. mediaphiles says:

    I too am a huge lover of SATC. Going back and watching a few episodes for this class though, I didn’t realize how bold of a show SATC was for its times. Now, we see sex portrayed all over the media, especially in television and movies, but back in the 90s, SATC took this bold approach of publicly talking about private matters, and opening up the dialogue about otherwise “taboo” topics. This is one of the aspects that I love most about the show was how it constantly pushed the boundaries of the status quo, and encouraged conversation about uncomfortable topics, ultimately encouraging female independence. – Eleanor Raether

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