“Sex and the City” is a sitcom whose plot is built up by four women who are the main characters among other characters. Carrie Bradshaw, Samantha Jones, Charlotte York and Miranda Hobbes team and come up with a sitcom that addresses the plight of the American women; the opinions of women on love, sex, marriage and gender roles are strongly portrayed in this comedy. Lynn agrees that “Sex and the city” lays focus on the ups and downs of these characters to elucidate the kind of life women would like to live and the demands, the roles and the rights of the modern woman; apart from Charlotte, the other three main characters treat women horribly. This essay uses the first three episodes of the first season of “Sex and the city” to support the thesis that albeit American women can be capable like men and they want equal rights as men, they are not up to destroy romance which no longer exists in New York, America.
In the first episode, Carrie is worried about the fact that in the world she lives in, many successful women remain single and that is not true for men of the same class (Cinefilo). This is just one of the many questions that she attempts to answer in this television series. Her worry comes from her running into Sarah; a Briton who is left by her man, who is a resident in New York, even after she was traditionally convinced of his standpoint about their relationship (The Internet Movie Database). Sarah and her man target a house together; in London, this is a tradition that would convince a woman of a man’s commitment. Carrie notifies this Briton that rules of romance applying in London may be different from those in New York; Carrie believes women are not the reason why romance no longer exists in New York. Carrie further substantiates her point by interviewing her friends which she split into three classes; single women, who are apparently her best allies; lethal bachelors, who consist of all men apart from one of them who is classified as a desperate romantic.
Carrie spends much of her time with the single ladies, who are apparently her best friends, in a bid to try and expose them better to the audience. One character who confirms that successful American women have the same opinion about New York men is Miranda Hobbes. Miranda Hobbes is a pessimistic attorney who has lost confidence in virtually all men. On the other hand, another character, Charlotte York, who specializes in art, believes in the existence of true love just like her friend Carrie. In contrary, Samantha Jones, who is a public relations person, believes in having sex without being emotionally attached to her acquaintances; she argues that like men, she is supposed to have a right to promiscuous sex. Carrie’s interview is basically aimed at testing a hypothesis that genuine love exists in this episode where she unexpectedly bumps into a good-looking stranger called Mr. Big.
Jane Austen, the jagged feminine wit, and Woody Allen, the manifestation of love in the Big Apple, also play a pivotal role in realizing the plot of this episode. American related themes of sex and gender are brought about in such a witty way; it also astonishes given that the most pessimistic characters are the most funny, that is, Samantha and Miranda. Samantha represents some of the American women; she does not care about the feelings of the men she encounters; she acts like a man-eater (Gennaro 1). Unlike Samantha, Miranda acts in a cold manner; she has given up with men and she exhibits no feelings for them; she feels that she has no reason to show positive emotions for men unlike other women since she considers the male population untrustworthy. This episode is one of the most sacrilegious episodes since only two characters use disrespectful language: Miranda and Noth, each of them once.
In the second episode of the first season, the quandary whether men like models or ordinary girls replaces the doubt in the first episode if true love is existent or not although the four main characters still reign. In this episode, American men are portrayed as men who are led by looks and not other virtues that are important in women. Carrie decides to write an article about the issue after realizing that many women are battling with that issue; most women do not appreciate themselves since they give define beauty by comparing themselves to models. Samantha is portrayed as a woman who loves her body despite the fact that she sleeps with multiple men. It is a conflicting idea that she dates men such as Barkley who love going out with models. Stanford like Derek while Miranda succumbs to the fact that men are attracted to models; she allows herself to be taken aback by the fact that she is not a model. Miranda decides to hang out with Skipper as he admits that he finds her brilliant. Even Carrie is affected when she discovers that her date, Mr. Big, also finds himself attracted to models.
The second episode of the first season of “Sex and the city” is similar to the first episode in terms of characters. The themes are also related as models are linked to the reason as to why most successful women are not married as opposed to their male counterparts. Kolk confirms that the issues of sex and different opinions among women on issues related to men are also evident in both episodes; while Samantha is portrayed as a woman who can easily adapt to changes in the society without hurting herself, Miranda is portrayed as a modern woman who accepts there is a problem but allows herself to get hurt by the problem in both episodes. The reaction of women in both episodes also shows that men and women are not in agreement of what is really important in choice of a date; in the first episode, women want to have a right to promiscuous sex and choose partners like their male counterparts; in the second episode, men want women for how they look, women feel that it is unfair for men to prefer models and hence feel inferior to women who are considered as models.
The third episode continues to elucidate this thesis further with the plot being centered on married couples. In this episode, Carrie hangs out with her friends Peter and Patience; a couple. Everything seems to be going on well until the time Carrie spots Peter without his innerwear; after raising the issue to Patience, Patience gets mad about it and Carrie is evicted from their beach house. This episode aims at probing into the differences between single and married persons. Just like the second episode of the first season of “Sex and the city”, a lot of insecurity is portrayed; married women view single women who are their allies as threats who can easily snatch their partners away. Miranda believes that single women are considered as adversaries by women who were once their friends after marriage.
Carrie and her friends think the gap between married and single women results from the fact that single women are independent as opposed to married women; they can have fun and sex as often as they want with anyone including married men. Just like the first episode, men are taken to be irresponsible as they influence decisions made by their wives yet they are still susceptible to being trapped by single women. In this episode, Miranda, a lesbian, Charlotte and Samantha are worried and annoyed that Carrie who is dating a man who she can marry could consider them her enemies.
Stern agrees that contrary to previous American generations who have believed that a woman’s dignity and reputation are vital and that a woman should have the lowest possible number of sexual partners; “Sex and the City” tends to dispute with this argument since all the women involved have dated multiple partners. Akass and Janet agree thatall the four characters except Samantha were on a mission to change gender roles in finding which man was best for them (178).
The television series “Sex and the city” depicts modern American life; a life where women are allowed to behave like men, have equal rights as men, where career advancement is more preferred to marital issues and a world where women have abandoned traditional morals but are still search for love.