Friday, May 30, 2008

Sex and the Society

Like I needed another reason to love Slut Machine.

"What women need, Egan stresses, is the truth -- not the polite version of sex we see (or mostly don't see) on TV. "Women still don't talk enough or openly enough about sex, when it comes to what they want, or their desires, and I feel like women need to discuss that more." If they don't, Egan says, women are doomed to sexual devolution: "You'll never be a sexual subject, and you'll always be a sexual object."

From "Those Dirty Girls" on Salon.com, by Susannah Breslin

Though all of the SATC hype is starting to give me hives, it has spearheaded a plethora of thoughtful and important articles that contribute to the furthering of the discussion of women and sex in America. In "Those Dirty Girls," author Breslin interviews a variety of sex writers, including my alltime favorite Tracie Egan (aka Slut Machine), and that Harvard hoe who posted a picture of her face coated in a pristine layer of jizz on her blog.

The article attempts to explain the dichotomy of the SATC phenomenon. While it did instigate the notion of women as sexual beings akin to men, it also perpetuated a variety of cliches and mores in opposition to feminist ideals. While Samantha was "having sex like a man," Carrie spent most of her "sex articles" explaining relationships thinly veiled by a desire for MORE MORE MORE. More money, more shoes, more men, more orgasms. As Egan points out, much of the series revolved around not so explicit themes of sex and desire, as opposed to laying out the flat facts like real sex writers do.

But the thing is - I'm not sure SATC was even created with the conscious goal to incite a female sexual revolution. Let's not forget the intense amount of advertising and branding that went into the movie. Vitamin water, vodka, MANOLOS. I don't think SATC is necessarily as socially aware as we would like to assume it is. It may have inadvertently sparked important conversations about female sexuality, but now it's up to the women outside of the show to determine in which direction we take those conversations.

-Jess

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