A while back, Glamour magazine had done a photo shoot of female “American Icons” throughout history and included Carrie Bradshaw. The blurb under the photo of “Carrie” called her “feminine and feminist at the same time.” I disagreed with the belief that Carrie was in any way a feminist figure, and went on to say that I didn’t really regard the show itself as touting feminist ideals, though you could surely find them if you looked hard enough. In that post, I said:
“The last time I checked, feminism was not about women being obsessed with material items, high heels, and finding a man. Feminism was not embodied by a woman who is desperate to find a man and who takes back the same man that keeps treating her like crap and who leaves her at the altar. And I’m not saying that the show didn’t sometimes break barriers in regards to women who were single in their 30s not being seen as spinsters, and in terms of allowing women to showcase themselves as sexual and sexually free people. I’m just saying that the show, and Carrie, did not embody feminist principles.”
It seems that Double X magazine agrees with me.
“[People have] exalt[ed] the ladies of Sex and the City as feminist icons mainly because the show centers on female friendships and it’s brutally honest in depicting how even professional females are still entirely obsessed with men.
…two of the main ladies, Carrie and Charlotte, admittedly want to land a rich husband who can finance their extravagant purchasing habits (in the SATC movie, Carrie makes louder moans of joy upon being reunited with her promised walk-in closet than she does with Mr. Big) and, Samantha, the token slut who sleeps around “like a man”, is cosmically punished with cancer during the last season of the HBO series run. The ladies are so clichéd and one-dimensional hailing them as feminist icons is like arguing that Beavis and Butthead define manhood in all its robust glory.”
I couldn’t agree more. Though, if I was going to pick one Sex and the City character that was the most feminist, it’d be the one who’s portrayer is most feminist in her life, too. Miranda, played by Cynthia Nixon (who is amazingly outspoken in her support of women’s and gay rights). Miranda was an independent, smart, successful, snarky lawyer. She had short hair, and in the earlier seasons wore frumpy clothes and was unconcerned with her looks. She was less concerned with landing a man then the other ladies were, and often got frustrated with them for having nothing but men to talk about. She had a baby out of wedlock. She married her boyfriend, yet refused to wear white because, “I have a baby; the jig is up!” In many ways, she was the anti-Carrie.