'Sex and the City 2': Good or Bad for Women?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Carrie and "the girls" are back in 'Sex and the City 2.' There's shopping, there's sex, there's Mr. Big, and there's expensive fashion in the latest chick-flick from the SATC franchise, which women have been patiently awaiting for two years. But, is this movie good or bad for the women who are watching it?

Rafer Guzman, Takeaway movie contributor, says it's not just bad for women, but for everyone - including men. However, Emily Rems, managing editor of Bust Magazine, argues that it's just a frothy fantasy done in good fun.


Emily Rems

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer


Rafer Guzman

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My head was spinning over hearing the discussion.
Mr Hockenberry and Mr Guzman were more feminist-minded than Ms Headlee and Ms Rem.
Mr Guzman was right in saying that Sex and The CIty degrades women and men stereotyping as intellectually-bankrupt, self absorbed, and focused on frivolities such as fashion, the high life, and sex as the main objective in life.
Ms Headlee said that she is a "strong"
woman but loves to watch "Sex and The City" because being female she can't help but like the depiction of trendy, sexually-liberated women. Ms Rem said that "Sex and The City" is very "feminist" in that it conveys the idea that women ought to feel free to be sensual and guiltless and that all women need to fantacize about such things and that men fantacize their own way by watching superhero and war movies and are not as criticized for being unrealistic about male power.
Both Mr Guzman and Mr Hockenberry joked that the female characters of Sex and The City ought to be given guns so as they can be more like male characters such as Rambo which male audiences fantacize about, and astonishingly Ms Headlee and Ms Rem expressed apall at such an idea of mixing supposed female interests and male interests.

Still Mr Guzman said that women have a certain mentality to them making them more prone to imitating fictional trendy female characters than men are in trying to imitate fictional superheroes. Actually this is a much needed kick in the pants (or skirt) for any woman whom thinks of the female characters in "Sex and The City" as role models to any degree.

Mr Hockenberry and Mr Guzman in effect were saying that women ought to be less like little delicate girls and more like tough soldiers whom can take care of themselves and handle guns, and war, and self-sufficiency while Ms Headlee and Ms Rem were saying that mixing gender roles is awful and women should not be thought of in negative ways for being pretty, and sensual instead of violent and rugged, and the message that Ms Headlee and Ms Rem seemed to be trying to get across is that feminism is not about condeming women no matter what they do, and men should not try to tell women to be man haters. It was as if Ms Headlee and Ms Rem were speaking on behalf of all women by saying that women don't want independence from men .

I never watched Sex and The City. I have heard of it. No real self-respecting woman would find it adoarble, desirable and empowering to have the word "sex" always mentioned when talking about women.

Why aren't more important words such as math, engineering, science, CEO, plastic surgeon, supreme court judge, (etc) ever mentioned when talking about women and not just when saying that women are less capable of these skills and less interested in such fields?

Women need to fantacize about better priorities.

May. 29 2010 05:37 PM
Matt from UWS

Here's a funny parody of SITS2 in 60 seconds!


May. 28 2010 09:23 AM
Jim Munn

Dear Takeaway,

Unlike the self-described "strong, smart" female commentators who during last Friday's broadcast provided so glowing a review of the new film, "Sex & the City," I would much prefer that Hollywood invest its creative energy making more films about the kind of women who mop the floors and scrub the toilets of the rich and fashionable, and less about those, like the self-absorbed females of "Sex and the City," whose lives are about as appealing as a bowl of plastic fruit.

Whatever happened to films like "The Apu Trilogy," "On the Waterfront," and The Treasure of Sierra Madre?"

Are the lives, dreams, and struggles of so-called ordinary working people considered unworthy of dramatization on the great stage of America's popular culture?

May. 28 2010 08:39 AM
Rick Evans from Nannywealth of Tassachusetts

The difference between men's and women's reactions to action flicks and chick flicks is women will go out and buy the $900 shoes. Men will go home and play the video game.

May. 28 2010 06:59 AM

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