Why can the film Sex and the City (2008) be considered a "post-feminist" movie?
To answer the question why the film Sex and the City can be considered a “post – feminist” movie you first have to define what “post- feminism” actually is.
According to Joke Hermes, post –feminism “may mean the loss of a political agenda, or the foundation for a new one, where it signposts the overcoming of unproductive old distinctions between feminist and feminine (Mosley and Read 2002).” She also claims that “Post – feminist television heroines can be recognized by their economic independence while employed in a respectable profession, by their provocative clothing styles and by the acceptance of their choices and lifestyle by their friends.”
This description fits perfectly to the protagonists of the Sex and the City movie. All protagonists are economically independent as Carrie Bradshaw works as a successful author and journalist, Samantha Jones is the manager of her own agency, Charlotte York works in a gallery and Miranda Hobbes is a lawyer. So they all have respectable, well – paid jobs and they are all educated.
Another point is that they can wear all clothes they want to. They only shop big brands like Louis Vuitton or Gucci. Their clothing style is extravagant and always up to date as not many women can afford this luxury.
Furthermore, the protagonists choose various lifestyles which are accepted by their friends. Carrie Bradshaw lives unmarried without children in a long – term relationship, Miranda Hobbes lives married but temporary as a single mother with her son after being cheated on, Samantha Jones has a very young boyfriend who she leaves in the end being satisfied with living on her own and Charlotte York is a mother and wife who is still successful in business life. These are four completely different lifestyles. The women don’t live the way they are expected to live they just choose a way they are the most content and satisfied with, knowing...
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