For many women, Sex and the City signifies the sexually adventurous and independent woman, one who does not take any crap and knows what she wants. For others, the show is the complete opposite of independence and instead showcases very materialistic women endlessly looking for the right man to marry while discussing shoes, drinks, and parties. Sex and the City falls in the same category as Madonna, you either love her or cannot stand her.
There is something so off putting about Sex and the City to me. The constant discussion of fashion and appearance, the neverending hunt for relationships, and the often shallow discussions of anything that is not fashion or relationships, along with Carrie’s constant shrieking (when she sees a mouse, when she looses a shoe, gets picked up by a man, encounters dogs, when it rains, basically all the time). Besides, how can all these women have so much money to spend when they actually never work? While browsing for anything good on TV I found an episode that depicted the women sitting around a table outside at a restaurant discussing politics and Carrie’s new politician boyfriend. Just before the lunch conversation, Carrie’s voiceover stated that she and her partner were compatible since he knows about politics and she knows about fashion, and both are very similar. During lunch, one of the women noted the irony of Carrie dating a politician, since she was not even registered to vote. Samantha then said that she would vote for whomever was the best-looking man running for office, or for president. Carrie’s voiceover said something like “Here we were, four girls talking politics.”
The fact that this election has a strong focus on women, and that women have a chance to make a difference with their votes since more women are registered to vote than men, has escaped few of us. The New York Times noted that if only women’s votes are counted, Obama would win, whereas Romney would be the winner if only men were allowed to vote. But while women outnumber men at the polls, unmarried women – who are more likely to be profoundly affected by the outcome of the 2012 election — are not registered to vote to the same extent as married women.
Women’s voices are extremely powerful in this election. So even though you might identify with the single, independent characters of Sex and the City, don’t identify with them too much. For the sake of women’s reproductive rights and freedoms, do not be Carrie or Samantha — and don’t take advice from Sex and the City when it comes to politics.
Picture depicts the pink cover of the trivia game Sex and the City and was shared by flickr user Cameron Nordholm under a Creative Commons License.