Sex and the City has been one of the most-cited references for romance and friendship advice since it’s debut in 1998. But what no one ever mentions is how much the show speaks to what it means to be a woman. Each of the four main characters, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte, have a different perspective on womanhood. But these perspectives are often hidden behind rules of relationships or thoughts on being single in your thirties.
Carrie – The Hopeless Romantic
“The most exciting and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself.”
Throughout the six seasons of SATC, Carrie Bradshaw puts her heart on the line for her two loves. But she never fails to show everyone that your main focus, no matter how much you want love, should be yourself. Women don’t love themselves enough, and Carrie shows that in order for us to survive as a woman in this world, we need that me time.
Samantha – The Player
“Listen to me! The right guy is an illusion. Start living your lives.”
Samantha has never been shy when it comes to sex or empowerment. She has never let anyone’s judgment of her control how she lives or what she does. Being a woman has never once reppressed Samantha, and she doesn’t think it should have to. Learning to live life by your standards, and not society’s, is one of the best things we as women can do.
Miranda – The Sassy Lawyer
“How did it happen that four such smart women have nothing to talk about but boyfriends?”
Miranda is the show’s one self-proclaimed feminist. She thinks our lives as women revolve too much around the men in them. To her, life is more than just searching for marriage. All aspects of a woman’s life are just as meaningful as a romantic relationship and should be talked about more. Career and friendship should hold just as much importance as relationships in women’s eyes.
Charlotte – The Wannabe Housewife
“But I don’t want to skip all the drama, that’s life.”
Charlotte has always been the optimist. No matter how tough it got for her, she was always grateful for life. Although she thought that women’s sole purpose was to cater to their husbands and have babies, her main focus was making sure she was happy everyday, even though that meant leaving her picture perfect life for one she never expected.
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