Sex and the City 2: The Sexist Backlash

 

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Photo:New Line/Everett /Rex Features/Guardian

From left to right: Cynthia Nixon (Miranda), Kristin Davis (Charlotte), Sarah Jessica Parker (Carrie), Kim Cattrall (Samantha) Photo:New Line/Everett /Rex Features

Talk that the new sequel of Sex and the City has been confirmed has been inevitably met with the same critcisms as last time. That they are just too old to be talking about sex anymore, let alone having it.  As Stuart Heritage at  Heckler Spray joked:

“…presuming it takes three years to make Sex And The City 2, the four main actresses will have a combined age of 192 by the time it’s released. Luckily the writers are taking this into consideration, and the subplot about Sarah Jessica Parker’s vaginal prolapse is thought to be very moving.”

So women over 40 have sex too. Is this really so disgusting to people? I mean no-one complains when Mickey Rourke as Randy wants to go out with Marisa Tomei as the lap-dancer Cassidy in The Wrestler. Sure it could be seen as indecent to act like Samantha when your around 50, but again no-one seems to mind much about a 61-year old, Ronnie Wood dating a 21-year old and that’s not even fiction. He is more likely to be congratulated by envious men if anything.

And this really isn’t just ageism it’s patently sexist. I mean what about older leading men like Harrisson Ford, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Ralph Fiennes, Jack Nicholson, Liam Neeson etc. (I could go on) are they not still seen as  legitimately attractive love objects in their films? No matter the age of the woman (I’m thinking of films like  As Good As It Gets). Surely there’s a double standard here.

I also came across this interesting article: ‘Sexism and the City’ by Ramin Setoodah in Newsweek about the mostly male criticism of  the first film, which inspired absolute hatred and anger in many males including male film journalists:

I can’t help but wonder—cue the Carrie Bradshaw voiceover here—if it’s not a case of “Sexism in the City.” Men hated the movie before it even opened. They flooded IMDB.com, voting early and often, so that the movie would have a low rating of 3 out of 10 among users before Friday (although now that number is higher, at 4.8). Movie critics, an overwhelmingly male demographic, gave it such a nasty tongue lashing you would have thought they were talking about an ex-girlfriend. “Sex” mustered a 54 percent fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com, compared to the 77 percent fresh for the snoozefest that was “Indiana Jones” (a boy’s movie! Such harmless fun!)

Nice point, well made.

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