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Sex conforms to status quo

Give it to me straight
Lori Mastronardi

A&E Editor

I had my first taste of Sex and the City as an inexperienced Western frosh. Ever since, I haven’t been able to get enough.

It all started with the discovery of UWGo, the Western file sharing network that introduced me to Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda. My floormates and I would gather on my not-so-accommodating twin-sized bed and run through episode after episode. What began as a break from the hectic world of academia morphed into a slight addiction — stress could only be relieved by the familiar sound of SATC’s theme song.

Now detached from the convenience of UWGo, I have found other ways to get my fill of Sex. Thanks to the DVD editions, it’s not uncommon for me to schedule entire days for watching episode after episode. Free from the distractions of commercials, the 45 minute episodes allow me to maximize my viewing time.

Sex, laced with just the right amount of humour, sex and drama, provided quality entertainment for females — to an extent. The show seemed liberating in the beginning; episodes urged women to resist traditional roles and seek complete sexual satisfaction. During a recent tribute to the show, Sex and the City: A Farewell, producer Darren Star stressed that “it’s OK to be single, it’s OK to have fun.”

The show provided an outlet for women to casually discuss sex, to ensure their needs were met and just have a good time; however, it offered a very conflicted message regarding singlehood and relationships. The show’s conclusion failed to parallel the message “it’s OK to be single.”

Rather than representing a comfortably-situated single character, the stars of the show each found romantic bliss. The career-driven Miranda moved to Brooklyn and succumbed to the role of mother and wife. Charlotte, unsurprisingly, settled down with her husband and eventually adopted a child. The sex-driven Samantha confessed intense feelings for her lover and Carrie was “rescued” from the Russian by her prince charming, Big.

Maybe the final episode provides a sense of hope for its female audience, but it should have tried a little harder to emphasize that “it’s OK to be single.” However, despite this unsatisfactory conclusion, I’ll likely find myself indulging in the guilty pleasure of Sex for many years to come.



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