Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Am I the only one who watched it all?

I'm a smidge confused. I know I can't be the only one out there who has made it through Sex & the City (the entire series). It was a hit with legions of followers. That's why I get really confused when I read things that talk about how Carrie and the girls would be so disappointed at a single girl saying she wanted a relationship or wanted to settle down. I've heard this casually dropped in various places, but I was moved to write by reading in Judith Strauss's Unhooked Generation. Near the start of her book, she's weaving a tale of her singlehood and mentions she eventually reached a point in her life where her career and independent lifestyle just weren't doing it for her. When she paused for a moment she would find she was lonely and unfulfilled. She went on to say she had been ashamed of this feeling and that the Sex & the City girls would be sneering at her. Huh? Maybe she didn't get obsessed and buy the entire series like I did, but did she at least watch season 6? Agreed...the girls were strong singles who embraced life and sometimes the closest wang. However, the girls let their vulnerable sides show throughout the series. They were all on a quest for the right one, going through several "right one for right nows". Even Samantha's revolving door snagged a couple of true loves. That final season saw each of the girls reaching that point, that place of truly knowing where your heart should be. I cried way too much at the raw humanity in the last few episodes. One thing was clear to me even through my tears. This single woman we all adored and some wanted to be...she was just like the rest of us searching for that final piece of the puzzle.

7 comments:

CoatMan said...

A lot of people write a lot of rubbish, and even more people pay good money to read such rubbish; some even believe it.

The true diviner of rubbish is this: for every proposition that is not inherently obvious ("grass is green", for example, or "it's bad to be unhappy"), look for a cogent line of reasoning from premises that you know are true. If something odd-looking is merely asserted, and not substantiated by reason, then you have good reason to believe the author to be a rubbish-merchant, and should have no more to do with her/him/them/it.

CoatMan said...

And, incidentally, I watched it all, too. Apparently, not many men liked it. I don't know why.

jo said...

unfortunately i didn't watch the entire series (and trust me i'm trying to get my hands on the discs) but i think the essence of the series was to say that even successful and independent single women out there do feel like something is missing in their lifes.

NotCarrie said...

Quite simplistically, what I took from that show is that everyone is an individual, everyone has needs and wants and hangups, and in the end, if you have someone (anyone) to share your life and experiences with, you're on a better road to happiness.


And then I threw up all over the Hallmark card I just wrote.

Larissa said...

yeah I read that too, and thought the same thing.. I think sometimes authors can see one side to prove their point, while ignoring the other entirely

Kellie said...

I agree. I think that almost any single and looking girl is... well... LOOKING!

WANTING to settle down and meet the person for themselves.

At least in my experience.

Lindsey said...

I agree with you. I own the entire season and have watched every single bit of it....many times.

I do not think any of those girls would sneer at someone wanting to be in a relationships. Hell...during the whole show they talked about wanting to find love but at the same time they were okay with being single and indepedent. That moron doesn't know what she's talking about.