During our meeting this week we discussed the common themes that ran through the episodes we each analyzed. We also debated ideas for our final posts for next week, and decided how we are going to finish off the blog. After all of the meetings we have had, episodes we have watched, and choices we have collectively made to ensure the success of our blog, we have decided to write a reflection on this experience as well as all of the episodes as a whole.
A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
For another class I have been making a documentary about my father and his job. Last week, I was fortunate enough to be able to tag along on one of his business trips to New York City. While I was there I managed to do some extra research for this class and go on the Sex and the City tour!!! After watching all the seasons and visiting all the filming locations, I now really feel like an expert on the show! When I got home I shared the pictures with my group-mates.
Laura’s episode pertains to PROBLEMS WITH MEN
- Miranda and Carrie run into Steve and run the other way
- Carrie tries to be friends with Big only to find out that he is engaged to Natasha
- Charlotte tries to get back on the horse (literally) for the first time after a traumatic accident
- Samantha tries to have sex with a man with a penis that is too big
My episode pertains to WOMENS DESIRE FOR FANTASY/ RESCUE
- When Carrie misses the fairy and loses her shoe, Bill pulls up in a BMW to save her
- When Miranda has laser eye surgery, Steve comes to pick her up and take care of her against her wishes
- When a creepy guy is hitting on charlotte at the bar, a handsome man comes to her rescue by punching him to the ground
- Samantha enters a sexual relationship with a fire fighter
Jenny’s episode pertains to POLITICS
- Samantha is dating a really short man who is great in bed (social politics)
- Miranda and Steve decide to be exclusive. (relationship politics)
Faryn’s episode pertains to WOMEN FEELING SELF CONSCIOUS/ INADEQUATE IN COMPARISON TO OTHER WOMEN
- Charlotte gets depressed when reading the New York Times wedding announcements
- Carrie spends a fortune on an outfit to outshine Natasha
- Magda makes Miranda feel guilty for having sex toys and for not being a stereotypical woman
- Samantha is insulted when a massage therapist named Kevin performs oral sex on the other Ladies and not her
- Charlotte feels self conscious of her body in the female health spa
THOUGHTS ON THESE THEMES
Overall, these themes raise a lot of issues in terms of women’s thoughts, whether it is comparing themselves to other women, having issues with men, or relying on men to rescue them, the women of Sex and the City negatively present themselves in these four consecutive episodes. When analyzing these themes, it is evident that these women are not the strong, capable, sure of themselves people they claim to be.