"Pathetic hags…" "[with nothing] to aspire to other than being attractive, having pretty clothes and having sex…" -- Dawn Eden on Sex and the City
Sex and the City was the ultimate "chick flick" TV series and like most men, I spent years avoiding it like a prostate exam. However, after discussing the show with the incomparable Dawn Eden when I interviewed her about her surprisingly deep and spiritual book, The Thrill Of The Chaste, I decided to take the plunge and actually watch a season of the show. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed watching Sex and the City so much that I cycled through three seasons in roughly two months time.
Why was the show alluring? Well, it featured four attractive, single women in their mid-thirties getting into funny situations that revolved around dating and sex -- and then talking about them without men around. For a single man in his thirties, it was almost like watching tapes that had been sneaked across enemy lines. Moreover, the characters, while not necessarily sympathetic, were at least intriguing.
There's Miranda, a feisty, slightly neurotic lawyer who's frustrated with men. She was the only character who would occasionally go an entire episode without having a man in her bed.
Next is Samantha, a walking, talking female libido who has very little to her personality beyond being generally assertive and sleeping with just about any good looking man she can coax into her bed.
Then there's Charlotte, the "nice" commitment-oriented, more "conservative" woman who's totally focused on getting married. She is a very likable character in some ways, but almost as unrealistic as Samantha when looked at as a whole. How do you take a character seriously when she's supposed to be a good girl who actually gets horribly offended when her own friends drop "F-bombs" in her presence, but meanwhile, she ended up sleeping with almost as many different guys as Samantha did during the first three seasons?
And last but not least, there's Carrie Bradshaw, who's supposed to represent the "every woman" watching the show. Of course, the fact that the character people are supposed to be able to best relate to -- is a woman who writes a column about sex for the local paper, is obsessed with high fashion, and spends her time frantically alternating between meaningless flings and long-term relationships -- tells you a lot about the show.