Posted on June 13th, 2010
The movie ‘Sex and the City 2’ has been drawing a lot of attention lately, and some very mixed reviews. While most critics hated the movie, some said that it gives fans exactly what they want – fashion, glamour, and the beautiful story of a lasting female friendship.
Personally, despite my love of fashion and the very interesting fashion choices presented on the show and in the movies, I don’t like the message that SATC sends. To me it seems wasteful and shallow – it’s a message that tells us girls that our lives should revolve around expensive clothes and designer shoes, that we should spend our entire paycheck on fashion and on partying, and that there’s no value in saving, because hey, eventually you’ll be saved from your huge credit card debt by a wealthy prince.
It’s OK to love fashion and style of course. But does it have to be designer clothing and designer shoes? Must a girl shell out $400 on a pair of shoes to look good, or is it possible to find great shoes that cost “just” $150, perhaps even less than that if they’re on sale?
The love of fashion and style is not the issue here – the issue here the excess, the fact that fashion and style, as presented on the show, are never something great that you find on sale or at a discount store. The girls are on a constant, never-ending parade of wearing overpriced designer items. Each of them must own hundreds of items – I believe Carrie Bradshaw actually said in one of the episodes that she owns 100 pairs of $400 designer shoes.
‘Sex and the City’ fans will probably tell me that the show is a harmless fantasy – it’s not based on reality and no one is trying to tell women how to live their lives. Showing the four girls trying to budget or to shop for items on sale would be plain boring! So we see them dress in expensive clothes and party hard.
But I suspect that ‘Sex and the City’ does have a strong influence on young women who feel that they should emulate the lifestyle of the show’s heroines. Of course, in real life, for most women, this lifestyle would be devastating.