I love Sex and the City. Sometimes I feel shame in proclaiming it, but it’s true. I remember watching it with friends who hated the weird clothes Carrie wore and I acknowledge its predictably punny writing, but most of all I’ve often debated in my own mind whether Carrie is a feminist icon I can be proud to idolize or a postfeminist nightmare (“postfeminism is a clear and constant undercutting of the ideals and visions of liberal feminism, which stressed the need for women to achieve equality with men in the workplace, the home, and the bedroom,” explains Andrea Press in American Academy of Political and Social Science via The Atlantic).
All that being said, I still love Sex and the City, namely because of a one Sarah Jessica Parker. I admire her because her enthusiasm is contagious, her way of speaking is captivating and theatrical, she is a classically trained dancer, her fashion influence is unparalleled in entertainment today, her loyalty to her city is unending, and above all else she is a sharp and independent woman. Though a woman may have a model’s proportions, natural fashion sense or a large Instagram following (or more often than not all of the above), none of it matters without that last piece, and Sarah Jessica has it in spades.
If you admire Sarah Jessica’s clothes but have yet to be exposed to her compassion and wit, watch this interview she did with WNYC. It brings me comfort to know that when I’m listening to All Things Considered Sarah Jessica is too. This interview also serves to ease my sometimes-conflicted feelings about Carrie and the Sex and the City establishment.