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Friday, May 23, 2008

ISSUE ZERO: LONDON: Feminists Scrutinize Sex and the City

Next week, the highly-anticipated Sex and the City movie opens in theatres, a movie so highly-anticipated that fans are given the option to purchase their tickets now. As opening night approaches, more and more speculation regarding feminism and the content of the renowned show-turned big-screen film is splattered across magazines and newspapers alike.

The question is, can feminists enjoy Sex and the City?

Many feminists disagree, claiming the show imposes limitations on self-development, as it seems to only discuss men, sex, and shoes. In fact, many activist efforts have even had the effect of this extreme backlash on the show, movie, and actresses: the cover of Time Out NY features the four celebrities with duct tape over their mouths and the headline, “No Sex! Enough Already—we love ‘em, but it’s just too much.”

True, there has been much exposure for the film throughout the country, with many women counting down the days until the big opening night. Guess what? IT’S CALLED PRESS.
Enter Ironman. Enter Robert Downey Jr. Enter overexposure. Exit backlash. Never once has there been a picture on a magazine cover with duct tape over Downey Jr.’s face.
How about that stance, feminists?

Moreover, the LA Times features an article claiming that there might not be enough women in North America over 30 to make this film a hit. Really? I’m pretty sure there are tons of women in the country over 30. Women go to the movies, ya know. THEY CAN ALSO DRIVE AND PAY FOR A TICKET.

While the movie may not make as much as an action film, we should examine the numbers of this film beyond the first couple of days to determine if female viewers in the first week constitute a larger number than usual.

True, the show does talk a lot about men, sex, and shoes. But it also reveals the act and significance of sisterhood and friendship as the foursome face loneliness, aging, motherhood, sexual discrimination, work pressures, infertility, and divorce. Do these women betray feminism by spending some time evaluating men, romance, and personal relationships?

These women actively search for truths, conveying an effort towards self-actualization. These are modern, strong, independent women, who value their friendships, relationships, and freedom of choice. And the fact that they do all that in stilettos deserves a standing ovation.

1 comment:

Brian Francis said...

I was honestly annoyed by all this sex and city hype but I can honestly say that London did a great job putting it all into perspective for me.

Still not hauling ass to the box office for tickets but I totally get it. You know your shit London!