Overheard in Chicago #3: Post-’Sex and the City’
On Saturday night, we eagerly went out to see the Sex and the City movie with a few of our friends. Over pizza and martinis (of course), we “couldn’t help but wonder”: did Sex and the City portray women positively or negatively?
*warning: slight spoilers below*
Matt: I found some of the portrayal of women in Sex and the City to be kind of offensive. The general impression I got from most of the characters (the redheaded lawyer one being the exception) was that women are vapid, self-absorbed, and capable of self-reflection only when pushed by others …which isn’t really self-reflection after all, is it? (Matt had a lot more brilliant things to say about this issue. Check out more of his thoughts here)
Antonia: I disagree. I don’t think the movie was sexist. I thought Samantha’s storyline especially was uplifting–that she chose to be independent in the end.
Emma: But what about all that overeating bullshit, the fact that they made such a big deal about Samantha gaining 15 pounds? That was lightweight offensive.
Antonia: Yeah…but it’s realistic. Some women do turn to binge-eating to deal with stress.
Collier: I thought the movie was very materialistic, and stuck in the late nineties, ‘First Wives Club’-status.
Antonia: I don’t think the show is insinuating that ALL women are materialistic, and I don’t think there is anything really wrong with materialism! (check out her full diatribe here)
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