Sex in the City and Women with Success

Sex in the City was and still is a pretty popular show among women. I can only imagine why? These women Miranda, Carrie, Samantha, and Charlotte are all very successful women. They give women of  today something to look up to and aspire to be. They way that the women carry themselves and live their lives navigating the big city of New York is incredible. Representation in television of care- free women was pretty rare before and when these women come on the scene and nothing is in they way of their success. All except for one: a man.00-holding-sex-and-the-city

This fact is always a bit disheartening, because this goes back to an earlier reading and interpretation of television sitcoms is that a woman’s life was not complete until she got her man. I find this a little problematic considering that a woman’s happiness does not depend on whether or not she has a partner. Even though this was their ultimate goal, I believe before Carrie married Mr.Big and Miranda marries and had her child, their friendship was enough to fill the empty presence of a man. They were showing each other that they were able to get things done with or without.

It seems as though their personal success was in the way of a man coming to stay. This example is show with Miranda when she gets a man that she can “walk all over”. Carrie is chasing someone who doesn’t want to settle down. Charlotte seems to timid to think for herself and ends up with men who come around, but don’t stay very long, and Samantha is the player. All of their personalities have something to contribute to the show and each have completely success career paths, but lack the Cinderella story.What are you guy’s thoughts on Sex in the City and how itportrays success for a woman?


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3 Responses to Sex in the City and Women with Success

  1. mediaphiles says:

    Very true post! These women were powerful and carefree, especially Carrie. However, their lives revolved around men and every action and decision made by them in the show was influenced by getting or keeping a man.
    Stephanie Rubin

  2. mediaphiles says:

    I think that’s my one big problem with the show honestly, because I love the power of female friendship and agency in it, but don’t like how all of this power seems to revolve around their experiences/interactions with men. Obviously that is an issue that is prevalent in society, but it would be nice to see them more concerned with other things than constantly men.
    -Lacey Worsham

  3. mediaphiles says:

    I love how you talk about the fact that these television shows make it seem like a woman’s life is not complete until she finds a man. I never thought about that in regards to Sex and the City, but it is totally true and very disappointing. It would have been refreshing to see them more concerned with other things than men, just like Lacey said! – Allie Kleinman

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