Sunday, March 30, 2008

Down with the Carrie Bradshaw Paradigm

This is the dumbest article I've ever read in my life (that's not in WSN).

I know that the Sex and the City Movie is coming out this summer, and everyone from young, chic New Yorkers to frumpy middle-aged midwesterners are biting their lips with excitement.

But can we please stop comparing every successful, beautiful woman to Carrie Bradshaw?

It's frightening, really, that the paradigm of success for a woman is based off of an HBO romantic comedy.

Don't get me wrong, SATC is one of my favorite shows. I just don't follow it like a Bible. I aspire to have Carrie's job and wealth and okay yeah Mr. Big. But I don't aspire to be Carrie.

And frankly, I think it's sad that Julia Allison does. She should aspire to be so much more than her Carrie counterpart, who stands as a vague, 2D shadow of a real person.

It should be said that a lot of media outlets have a problem with Allison. I don't hate her, but there is something remarkably unlikeable about her, though she does have that breed of self-confidence most girls would kill for. What happened to her with Jakob Lodwick was kind of unfortunate, but she did bring it on herself.

That said, I don't think it's fair to compare her success to a fictional character. That's sweeping it under the rug and attributing all her hard work to a series of circumstances akin to what befell Carrie herself (running into that Vogue editor, having her book optioned, etc). And I don't really get why she would do it to herself, either. Get with it, girl! We are so much better than vagina monsters and frizzy hair.



Anonymous said...

One of your favorite shows is a show you don't watch?

Jess and Josh said...

funny, funny! ambiguity fixed.