Growing up, I loved “Sex and the City.” I won’t go as far as to say that watching the show shaped who I am today, but it definitely was one of my go-to shows during my formative years. Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda were as much my friends as my actual friends. I knew everything about them — their backstories, their job histories, their love lives…I knew it all. Looking back now, however, I realize that maybe I shouldn’t have been so obsessed with the SATC gals. In fact, as I re-watch the shows, I’ve come to realize just how awful many features of the show were. Was it entertaining? Absolutely. But did it have terrible advice? My God, yes.
Take a look, won’t you?
1. “I like my money right where I can see it…hanging in my closet”
Jesus. While I won’t say that “Sex and the City” singlehandedly caused our nation’s massive debt, I will say that the show’s logic definitely didn’t bode well for many viewers’ credit scores. You know what doesn’t pay the bills? Shoes. You know what doesn’t keep you warm at night? Purses. And you know what sure as hell won’t take care of you when you retire? Sweaters from forty years ago. Ladies, do yourselves a favor and put that bonus check in your savings account. Besides, no one needs sixty pairs of strappy sandals.
2. “If you believe in love, you’re setting yourself up to be disappointed.”
Okay, dating sucks. It does. I get it. But love does not suck. Many people (and not just the romantics of the world) would argue that love is the one thing keeping this damn world from burning, so, no, believing in love is not a recipe for disappointment. Believing in love makes you someone who wants to believe that there is goodness still out there. Also, need I remind you that three out of four of these bitches ended up married? Yeah. So much for not believing.
3. I read that if you don’t have sex for a year, you can actually become “revirginized.”
No. No, no, no, no, no. Once your virginity is taken, it is gone. You cannot get it back. You cannot wish it back. You cannot will it back. This dumb statement allowed girls everywhere to believe that if they didn’t like something they had done, that they could simply wish it away. Don’t like the guy you slept with last night? Didn’t happen. Wish you hadn’t tried that weird bondage thing in college? Didn’t happen. Don’t like your “number?” Well, good news! Poof! It magically dropped by five because you wanted it to. Except, as you know, that’s a load of shit. Things happen. Life happens. You are not a virgin and that will never change — and neither will anything else in your past. So just own it. It’s much easier that way.
4. The good ones screw you, the bad ones screw you, and the rest don’t know how to screw you.
“Sex and the City” taught me that men are assholes. But men are not assholes…at least not all of them. There are bad people out there. Men are dicks. Women are bitches. People are mean. It is what it is. But this quote implies that women are off the hook when it comes to everything, that they are victims rather than equals. For every woman out there who’s been fucked over by a man, there’s a man who’s been fucked over by a woman — it’s just that society doesn’t think the latter is worth talking about. .
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