‘Sex and the City’ and Body Image


Photo from scene in SATC2, Warner Brothers

By Valerie Kusler

With the recent release of second ‘Sex and the City’ movie, the Web is abuzz with commentary on everything from the poorly Photoshopped movie poster to longtime fans coming to the defense of the movie that has been largely trashed by critics. The sequel’s release has also fostered new discussions on what the popular franchise — and its colorful characters — stand for, and how it has affected its millions of dedicated viewers over the years.

A recent article by Leslie Goldman of iVillage has sparked our interest. Goldman brings to light a less common perspective: How the ladies from ‘Sex and the City’ actually helped her become more accepting of her body. She provides a few specific examples in her article where Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte have taken turns helping each other remember the beauty of their own bodies. Of course, you can find 100 other articles arguing that these actresses fall exactly in line with the Hollywood thin ideal and are not at all representative of the bodies of average middle-aged women — and it’s certainly true. The actresses in ‘Sex and the City’ are not body image role models, but here at Adios Barbie, we like to examine both sides of the issue, and we appreciate Goldman’s refreshing point of view. After all, most of us still have days where body confidence is a struggle. Carrie and company are a welcome reminder that we all have the power to be that encouraging voice to our friends, helping them realize — as Charlotte did when she told an anxious Carrie that she could wear a paper sack and still be the most fabulous woman at the party — that we are all beautiful and deserve to feel that way.

Read the full article at iVillage and let us know what you think. Despite the images and valid arguments to the contrary, has ‘Sex and the City’ ever made you feel more confident in your skin?

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