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Getting Carried Away: The Problem With Sex and the City

December 30, 2009

When I moved to New York, I envisioned myself in an Upper East Side apartment penning fashion-related articles from my Apple laptop. In short, my life was supposed to mirror Carrie Bradshaw’s.

Among all the positive women in the world, why choose a fictional character to emulate?

For starters, I am a hopeless romantic. Furthermore, SJP’s character is nothing more than a modern day Cinderella. It’ would be obvious if the title were whimsical. Instead, “Sex and the City” suggests that the show is about a single girl dating in New York. The story lines validate this notion, but the fairytale formula is still present. 

Carrie is a freelance writer (in a modest UES apartment) with a penchant for shoes and men. Throughout the years, she falls for Prince Charmings Mr. Big, Aidan, Berger and Aleksandr Petrovsky (all successful men). Mr. Big gets serious, eventually proposing to Carrie with a Manolo Blahnik pump. The two get married in a courtroom wedding and live happily ever after.

That’s the thing about fairytales. They end before things get dreadful.

There are countless texts (movies, books, TV shows, etc.) that reiterate those “happily ever afters” and SATC is a cash cow because it allows us to escape our realities: even if it’s just for a moment.  Smart women can differentiate between fact and fiction, yet everyone I know has their own rendition of SATC – especially when they move to the city. SATC gives us something to aspire to. It empowers us through an uneven balance of sexual liberation and neediness. It also impedes our growth.

As we place our feet on higher rungs of the career ladder, we get sidetracked, ardently seeking our own Mr. Big. Infallible love and couture gets us every time. That’s where Sex and The City 2 comes in.

Who knows what’s in store for this installation? What could possibly be next for our fairytale couple? Will there be a baby on board for Carrie and Big? Or even jucier, will there be a “Big” indiscretion?

I’m on the fence about this one but the reality is if it wasn’t a succeeding SATC, it would just be another book, movie or show with a different cast, a different title, and a different setting. The story however, will always remain the same.

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