Sexuality In Sex In The City

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Sexuality and The City
The film Sex and The City represents women’s personal freedom in sexuality, by presenting four successful women living in New York City dealing with love, marriage, and sex. The film, based on the television show, Sex and The City, follows the lives of 4 women who are expressing women hood, and their freedom, through marriages, families and sexual exploits. Many of them possessing different ideologies about love, each with their own pieces of feminism and independence. Sexuality within Sex and The City demonstrates how people should be confident and empowered by their sexuality and freedom.
Sex and the City revolves around ‘white, middle class, heterosexual women who define themselves primarily as oppressed victims of patriarchy’ (Brasfield 253), based upon this statement, it is obvious to observe the oxymoronic styles presented in the film. The women are attempting to reach a level of freedom that they already possess, they are under the impression that they cannot be truly free and independent as women until they are involved in a relationship with a man. Brasfield covers a variety of topics regarding Sex and the City and its feminist characters and characteristics. Brasfield also states that in Sex and the City they use sex ‘as a commodity that can be bought and sold’ (Brasfield 256), which is familiar to character Samantha in that she ‘detests relationships with an emotional component’ (Brasfield 252), and would prefer them to only include sex.
Samantha shows this side of her in the movie when she seems very interested in her neighbor, instead of her boyfriend of 5 years. When Smith gives her the ring that she had been dying to have, she wants to return the present in an ‘oral form’, when Smith denies her request she becomes defensive and considers this to be the decline in their relationship. Likewise, she ends the relationship with Smith when she realizes she is unhappy with the monogamy and monotony of the relationship. Samantha, being a very sexually active, independent female, feels drawn down by a relationship and leaves a man whom she has been with for 5 years over a lack of sex. She states that she loves him, but she loves herself more and needed to work on ‘that relationship’. Throughout the film Samantha shows her desire for other lovers by being noticeably interested in her neighbor, Dante. The character of Samantha in Sex and the City shows a woman’s desire to feel independent in life and sexually and a willingness to sacrifice the idea of a happily ever after life with one man.
The topic of men’s sexuality is also prevalent throughout the film, most noticeably in the couple Miranda and Steve. Steve is showing his insecurity of himself as a man when Miranda does not appear sexually interested in him. This is also noticed when per persona is displayed as a professionally oriented person, which is commonly a male side of the relationship. Steve finds his sexual needs met with another woman. And...

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