The clothes. The make-up. The hairstyle. The location. The interior design. I’m watching Sex and the City 2 and I wish I had it all – a conclusion that testifies to the fact that even people who work in marketing cannot escape its appeal. Or perhaps that I’m just attracted to this kind of glitz. Or better yet – that it actually suits me. Wink.
Shortcomings and eccentricities considered, Sex and the City 2 is successful at painting the life of NY money; shortcomings and exaggerations considered, there’s nothing about the gist of it that does not seem credible.
And really, what is so non-credible about having a rewarding career, getting the best for yourself, going out for lunch and dinner and travelling the world with your friends?
Critics of the SATC 2, SATC 1 and SATC altogether have often bashed out at the differences between the characters on the big and small screen and women in real life. No down-to-earth woman in her 30s or 40s living in New York buys pairs over pairs of $800 Manolo Blahniks and goes out for cocktails with her single or otherwise married gal pals every evening, they say.
I haven’t yet established if that is overruled by cultural or societal conventions of what women in their 30s or 40s should be doing or if that is actually downright impossible. But in light of the social and digital revolution of the last 5 years, the rows of social and insta-preneurs and the casual selfies testifying to the glitz, I actually wonder if perhaps SATC has not hailed the advent of an age in which girls and women can actually play with their career, success, friendships and relationships.
Which is why I’ll probably invest in clothing and feel good items more than in anything else this year and max out my salary on my own place.
Which is why television could probably do with another Sex and the City series or the big screen could do with a SATC 3. Because we need to see more of the adventures of girls in their 30s and women in their 40s as they navigate the career – life-after-work maze in the social and digital age and because we just can’t all be watching Keeping up with the Kardashians to get in on it. Now THAT show is just too much.