Thursday, June 18, 2009

Just as an interesting side note to the below post...

I am currently watching episode ten of season four of Sex and the City. In this particular episode, the four girls (Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha) are discussing how women can not show their emotions in their jobs. Samantha went on a interview with a successful business man who basically told her that she couldn't handle the job herself and should consider partnering with a male. Samantha's story sparked a conversation between the women in the following scene where Miranda revealed that her partners at her law firm were constantly worried that she would be upset and cry over a legal briefing. When questioned if she ever had, Miranda responded that yes she did, but in the privacy of her own home. Charlotte then revealed that she cried once at her gallery, and the rest of her time working there was spent with her employees and employers worrying that they would upset her. Carrie revealed that she 'fake cried' to her editor when she missed a deadline, and her editor gave her sympathy and let her go.

Samantha said, and I quote "A guy gets angry in a meeting and he's a pistol. A women gets angry, and she's emotional."

A further (amusing) line from Samantha was, "What does he think I'm going to do? Get my period and ruin his empire?"

To which Miranda responded, "Yes! Some business men are so threatened by strong business women that they have to make them a woman again. Hence, you're too emotional."

I just thought this was an interesting tidbit from the series, especially since it currently relates to what we are discussing in this course!

1 comment:

  1. "Sex and the City" is an interesting example of media's portrayal of women. It's gotten a lot of press over the years about whether or not it's feminist. The quotes you include here seem to suggest "yes," but others argue that the overall message of the show is that these strong, independent women are out to find the right man to complete them in a very fairy tale-like romantic script. Carrie's primary love interest, even, is referred to as "Mr. Big." I don't have the answer here, but a lot of ink has been spilled regarding this issue in feminist media journals.