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June 5, 2008

A long review of Sex and the City

I’ll say right up front that there’s something important about Sex and the City, both the show and the movie. I know this not because it is the #1 selling movie in America, or because I have multiple friends who are planning to see it multiple times in theaters, but because I found myself in conversation after conversation bitching about the movie without ever planning to see it, with other people who also hadn’t seen it, and all of us had extremely well-thought out viewpoints. It’s obvious this show has transcended its cable-network medium when it can inspire conversation without being viewed. I decided to see it, so that I could talk smack about it more fairly.

Click on for a review that contains spoilers.

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June 2, 2008

Snap back to reality

In the comment section on my last SATC post, Allahpundit pointed out a good Kyle Smith piece on ‘Sex and the City’ and the fantasyland life it encourages for women:

Even 33-year-old women are not living in reality in this town. The multiplexes and networks and bookstores can barely accommodate all the movies and TV series and books (almost all written by men; one, I recall vaguely, written by me) about comical manboys coming to terms with the need to grow up. There is no equivalent message getting through to women. For them, it’s all “27 Dresses” and “Made of Honor” and novels from “Pride and Prejudice” on that sling the same fantasy: There are two handsome, successful men chasing me. Whichever one will I choose? Then they walk into the bar at Pastis and discover: 150 single women, 50 gay men, 50 straight married men and 25 single straight men, but it’s so loud that it’s impossible to talk to anyone anyway.

And of those 25 single straight men, how many of them would meet the standards of the “Sex” geek? The show is a six-year moanathon about male flaws. They have shoe fetishes (ewwww!). They’re too close to their mothers (Ick!). They have body hair (OMFG no way!) Women are the flawless norm against whose behavior all men are to be measured.

The mating talk among single men is less exacting. It boils down to two questions:

* Is she hot?

* Is she a pain in the ass?

If the answers are yes and no, respectively, the consensus is invariably: Keep her.

I’m going to see the movie because I find myself ragging on the plot lines without having seen it and feel my criticism will be better if I do. I’m currently trying to get Allah to come with me. We saw Brokeback Mountain together and SATC seems like the natural follow-up.

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May 30, 2008

Ick

In ‘Sex and the City,’ number of sex partners true to New York life (via Hot Air headlines):

Of the four women, public relations exec Samantha racked up the most sexual partners. She bedded 41 men and one woman, while Carrie hooked up with 18, Charlotte 18 and Miranda 17.

As the show begins with them in their early to mid-thirties, I imagine there is at least a decade’s worth of Sex in the City that we didn’t even see.

While women with digits like Samantha may keep their number to themselves, Zdrok makes the case that it’s something to be proud of. “Women with higher numbers tend to be more educated, have more liberal views and higher self-esteem,” she says.

I’ve got a Master’s degree and my self-esteem level borders on “too high”, so I guess it’s the liberal views that separate me from women whose partners number in the triple digits.

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