Monday, July 22nd, 2013

What Wave Of Feminism Did Your Favorite SATC Character Represent?

"As I’ve written elsewhere—and argued, often drunkenly, at cocktail parties—the four friends operated as near-allegorical figures, pegged to contemporary debates about women’s lives, mapped along three overlapping continuums. The first was emotional: Carrie and Charlotte were romantics; Miranda and Samantha were cynics. The second was ideological: Miranda and Carrie were second-wave feminists, who believed in egalitarianism; Charlotte and Samantha were third-wave feminists, focussed on exploiting the power of femininity, from opposing angles. The third concerned sex itself. At first, Miranda and Charlotte were prudes, while Samantha and Carrie were libertines. Unsettlingly, as the show progressed, Carrie began to glide toward caution, away from freedom, out of fear."

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davidwatts (#72)

As someone who used to huddle around a VCR with his college girlfriend to watch this show, I have to say that I kind of agree with this article. It was pretty good, honestly!

Smitros (#5,315)

I see nothing in there about Samantha being the one the greatest number of straight men would want to do.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Smitros I was always a Charlotte man myself, but I'm probably about a 1.5 or a 2 on the Kinsey scale, so.

Smitros (#5,315)

@Mr. B De gustibus . . .

BadUncle (#153)

Emily is an awesome writer, and this is another great read. And yet the white elephant goes unaddressed: the raw, consumerist sense of privilege pouring out of this show like gravy from Rush Limbaugh on a hot afternoon. Not that I see Limbaugh in a pair of Manolo Blahniks, often.

petey (#8,666)

Not completely buying the ideological breakdown. Sex positive is one thing but is "exploiting the power of femininity" a stated goal of third wavers? Just curious. Charlotte has her autonomy and a confidence but isn't her angle essentially a very traditional, no-wave feminist one? Yes I thought about this sober.

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