|Feminism gets whitewashed|
August 19th, 2009 [2:32:41]
scotty7471: OK tonight I tried to sit through the movie Sex and the city. It is without a doubt one of the largest pieces of garbage that Hollywood has EVER produced. And as far as female empowerment goes, June Cleaver was more independent and cutting edge than this glorified harlequin romance novel for the 21st century.
I admit - I used to watch the show when it was first on. Back then, it WAS edgy. It DID make its points about separation of the sexes and their differences. By show casing three distinct classic female archetypes, it showed how these women COULD keep that classic archetype and STILL be relevant in a world that had left the 'golden age of feminine mystique' behind for a female that was based on a male image. Well, at least it did in its early incarnation.
Then, the series became popular, and critiqued, and copied, and studied. And with the microscopic concentration it received, the producers felt the need to focus only on the cheap laughs and the superficiality and the vanity, and leave behind the original 'catch'. Instead of being cutting edge, this show had now become a walking and talking live animation edition of any of the mountain of superficial plastic carbon copy fashion magazines publishers are still trying to force onto women. It devolved into no more than that. It was NO LONGER groundbreaking; it was no longer MODERN or FEMINIST-ic; it had degenerated the women's movement to circa 1925. The fact that these women were 'professional' women became a subplot to their superficiality, their vanity, and the sub-textual clues that the producer/creators/SPONSORS felt women belong married and being a mother. While that ending was predetermined for the Charlotte character from episode one, to see the fiercely independent characters of Samantha and Miranda be shackled to relationships that were NOT befitting of their traits was insulting to all audience members, but most especially to women. The final seasons made a mockery of feminism and progressiveness, and instead left the bad taste of MATERIALISM, SUPERFICIALITY, and the concept of APPEARANCES over FOUNDATION.
Then came the movie. While I admit again I could not watch the whole movie (well at least not sober), the one hour and five minutes I did force myself to sit through was both painful and an abomination.
No, I am not a woman, nor do I confess to think like a woman or pretend to relate to women's situations. That is a task I could never come up to. But what was different between the first two seasons of the show and the later seasons/movie is that, you did not FEEL like an outsider. You felt like you were seeing INDEPENDENT women making their way through the world ON THEIR OWN. The later seasons, and MOST ESPECIALLY the movie, have taken women back almost a full century. Take away the jobs and the modern conveniences, and you have any woman from the early 1900's. And to further degenerate women is the fact that the characters 'gave in' to the status quo, just to receive acceptance (e.g. - Carrie wearing the 'fancy' dress; Carrie 'agreeing' to the LAVISH/LARGE wedding). Maybe I misunderstand the early seasons, and that the above was their intention all along. If that is the case, then I am sorry I ever watched it. The concept the movie was sending out was FIT IN, WEAR FANCY CLOTHES, SPEND LOTS OF MONEY, AND YOU WILL BE CORRECT. I always assumed one of the points of the early seasons was that women were WISE enough to see the male figure as it was and when they fell in love with the male (the FINAL fall); they fell in love with the man...AS HE WAS. In the show and the movie, it was TABOO to have a male figure suggest a female character change. But like the trash pulp 'romance" novels of old, the female character's PURPOSE was to either have the male character of its choosing either conform to the female's desires/needs/wants, or it was over. And those desires/needs/wants were ALWAYS superficial and materialistic. This to me is a slap in the face to feminism, intelligent viewers, and most especially WOMEN. I am offended that this movie was ever made, and apologizes to any woman who felt a connection to this SUPERFICIAL, MATERIALISTIC, VAIN portrayal of the trial and tribulations of being a female.