Topic: Sex & the City

In Honor Of The Emmy’s, 10 Female TV Characters Who Broke Barriers

In Honor Of The Emmy's, 10 Female TV Characters Who Broke Barriers

Whether they were making us laugh by stomping grapes, giving us advice on our sex lives in a weekly column, or making history by choosing to come out of the closet, there are certain female characters on television that have inspired countless women, and broke the barrier when it came to what a traditional woman on television should be. So, in honor of great women everywhere, and in honor of the Emmy Awards airing this Sunday, here is a list of 10 female characters who broke new ground in television history.
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The TV Show That Is Going To Be Based On The ‘Single Ladies’ Article Sounds Just Like Every Other TV Show

The TV Show That Is Going To Be Based On The 'Single Ladies' Article Sounds Just Like Every Other TV Show

Remember back in last November, before the Anne-Marie Slaughter Atlantic article about how women can’t have it all, there was an article for the same magazine by Kate Bolick about not wanting to get married, in a way, not wanting to have it all. Well, that article was one of the most read articles on the internet at the time and got a national conversation going. Bolick, who was featured on the cover of the magazine, shared her own story as a proud 39-year-old single woman and received a lot of attention, including appearing on the Today show. And what do we do when something becomes really popular and gets people talking? We figure out how to make as much money as we can aka we turn it into a mediocre sitcom. Except, this is really disappointing because that article actually touched upon something very unique and modern amongst women today, but the TV show sounds like nothing new. More »

9 TV Characters Whose Salaries Could Not Afford Their Wardrobes, Just Like Carrie Bradshaw

9 TV Characters Whose Salaries Could Not Afford Their Wardrobes, Just Like Carrie Bradshaw

This week it was revealed that the iconic skirt Carrie Bradshaw wore in the opening credits of Sex & the City, was $5 from a bargain bin and may have been the only thing her columnist character could have actually afforded. Carrie, like many female television characters, was not held back by the barriers of reality like eating regularly or shelter when it came to dressing herself. Yes, her apartment may have been rent controlled but that still doesn’t mean money grows on trees or in shoes. She had a wardrobe with dozens of pairs of Manolos, Louboutins, Chanel bags, couture dresses, etc., A writer who blogs as “The Frenemy” did the math and found that on Carrie’s salary, it was simply impossible for her to afford her wardobe:

“Reasoning that the economy was better in 1998 than it is now, The Frenemy estimates Bradshaw’s columnist salary to be $500 a week, or $2,000 a month. She then (arbitrarily) doubles her monthly income to $4,000 – “because everybody loves Carrie.” After deducting taxes, this would leave her with $3,850 dollars. Assuming the rent on her Upper East Side one bedroom was $1,800, Carrie would have $2,050 dollars left to cover her bills and living expenses – $75.00 for gas and electric, $800 x 35 pairs of stilettos, $12 cosmopolitans, $8 cab rides multiple times a day, a million dollars for “stupid a$$ clothes”, and a trillion dollars for condoms.”

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New Show Men At Work Tries To Do What Women Have Been Doing For Years And Fails

New Show Men At Work Tries To Do What Women Have Been Doing For Years And Fails

Last night I watched the new TBS show Men At Work. It was not awful, but it wasn’t great.The problem was the show was trying to capitalize on the growing trend of television shows about women discussing their sex lives (Girls, Whitney, Sex & the City, The B In Apartment 23, New Girl, 2 Broke Girls) and it did not go well. Not that every female-centric show works, but it looks like the girls have the advantage here and these guys need some work. More »

Sex And The City Creator Candace Bushnell Is Being Sued By Her Former Manager/Best Friend

Sex And The City Creator Candace Bushnell Is Being Sued By Her Former Manager/Best Friend

Don’t you hate it when you write a book about your life in New York that includes a character based on your fabulous gay best friend and it gets turned into an amazingly popular TV show and so-so movie series and then your gay best friend sues you for not getting enough money from the royalties? So annoying. If this plot line had actually been part of the sequel, it may have been better. According to The Daily Mail,  Sex & The City creator Candace Bushnell is being sued by her former friend and manager for $150,000 of the royalties from the TV series and films. Clifford Streit, who was the inspiration for the show’s flamboyant gay character Stanford Blatch, is claiming he has not been paid all of the 7.5%  slice he is owed.  More »

Are Women In PR Just Grown Up Mean Girls?

Are Women In PR Just Grown Up Mean Girls?

But one stereotype that has seemed to carry over from media portrayals and into real life is the reputation that the PR industry is full of catty women all fighting against each other and just being super bitchy, for lack of a better word. Perhaps because it is such a female dominated industry (according to some studies, the field of PR is now actually 70% female compared to back in 1987, when there were 20 females for every 80 males)a stereotype like this was bound to happen but is it because there are just so many women or does the nature of the industry bring a very fierce sense of competition out? The competition in the PR industry is different because it is not women trying to prove that they are as good as their male colleagues but that they are better than the tons of other women they are competing with in their career. We talked to a number of women about the “mean girl syndrome” dominating the PR industry and if there is any truth to it. More »

The ‘Sex And The City’ Stereotype: Why Successful Childless Women Have To Fight The Hardest

The 'Sex And The City' Stereotype: Why Successful Childless Women Have To Fight The Hardest

A study that came out this week finding that the image of the “selfish” woman who only wants to focus on her job and therefore looks at the idea of settling down and having children as an automatic career derailment, is false. As Meghan Casserly of Forbes wrote the stereotype of the “selfish, single, Sex & The City-style women was knocked on its head” by these findings. It turns out women who have successful careers aren’t actually choosing their careers over children but may not be having children for a number of reasons, one of which is they haven’t found a suitable partner for this task. There are also other factors like job security and money impacting these women. This blows away the assumption that it’s a voluntary thing for women, that they can choose when and how many children they have,” said study author Dr. Sara Holton. It’s like they want to have some of nest before giving birth to another human. Weird, right? More »

6 Women Trying To “Have It All” In Films

6 Women Trying To "Have It All" In Films

“I love my work. Although sometimes I wish I didn’t love it so much.” The character Kate Reddy says this in the new film I Don’t Know How She Does It which focuses on a woman’s struggle to have it all. Kate plays a successful career woman who loves her job but feels like she is never spending enough time with her husband and children. This is not the first time we have seen a character like this on film. Let’s take a look at other women in films who have tried to have it all. More »

8 Actresses Who Worked During Their Pregnancies

8 Actresses Who Worked During Their Pregnancies

There are a couple of things that can happen when an actress’s pregnancy threatens to interfere with her on-screen role. The studio can dismiss the actress, which is what happened to Hilary Duff, who had been set to star in Bonnie & Clyde until announcing her pregnancy recently. (She received $100,000 for her trouble.) Or filming can be postponed, which might happen to the remake of A Star Is Born, in which a now-pregnant Beyonce is set to star. Sometimes even top actresses give up roles due to pregnancy. Nicole Kidman stepped down from the lead role in The Reader when she became pregnant in 2007; the role that eventually earned Kate Winslet an Oscar. But sometimes filming continues as planned, and everyone tries their best to work around the star’s growing bump — with mixed results. Take a look at a few examples. More »