Sex and the city

Essay by rudog August 2004

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Gender codes within society are experiencing a shift due to the racy and realistic television series Sex and the City. No longer are women solely perceived as the caretaker or child bearer, they are escaping the stereotypes assumed by our patriarchal society. Women are ignoring prescribed roles and are sending the message that they are just as capable, successful, and independent as men. Stay-at-home moms have embraced their opportunities to become more educated over the past couple decades and have resumed careers, which has changed the dynamics of the workplace forever. Transformations of gender roles take time and effort, and are often confronted by both conflict and praise. The dynamics of this show and the diverse representation of each woman symbolize the different characteristics in all women. Solomon and Maasik point out that the show may be perceived as a "revolutionary challenge" to the gender codes in American society, but these women contradict this success by acting submissively and encompassing their lives around men (p.476).

Its message both challenges and confirms many cultural assumptions about women and their behavior towards sex and independence.

This bold and provocative series portrays four single women with distinct professions, personalities, and lifestyles. Each character represents one of the four facets of the single 30-something urban modern women. Carrie plays the vulnerable, inquisitive writer, while Charlotte is known for her sweetness, naivety, and idealism. Samantha represents the seductive and promiscuous dame in all of us, while Miranda, a lawyer, proves that women can succeed in a male dominated profession. By coming together on the show and sharing each other's experiences about single life in New York City, they are able to answer viewer's questions and concerns, and relate with problems that bother all of us, not just successful and beautiful women NYC.

Carrie, Charlotte,