Essay on Television Studies (Sex and the City)

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ATS 1304 : CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION STUDIES

ASSIGMENT 1
TUTOR: CYREN WONG
TUTORIAL: WEDNESDAY 2PM

ATS 1304 : CONTEMPORARY TELEVISION STUDIES

ASSIGMENT 1
TUTOR: CYREN WONG
TUTORIAL: WEDNESDAY 2PM

Article 1 The cast of Sex& the City (S&C) represent a continuum of women’s viewers and dilemmas when it comes to sex, love and dating. The range of perspectives may be one of the reasons why S&C sparks so much interest, enthusiasm and criticism. (S&C) serves as a medium for social analysis; it reflects almost exclusively the perspectives and values of white, middle class, heterosexual women who define themselves as primarily as oppressed victims of patriarchy. Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte are
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The first theme is fashion functions as a symbol of socio-economic status, which reinforces the ideology of female empowerment. However the link of women’s obsession towards fashion is portrayed in a very stereotypical interpretation. Here high fashion indicates not only a measure of wealth but also a greater sense of personal security and perhaps female advancement. Female empowerment is strongly realized through the intense loyalty of the supportive bond between these characters. Female bonding is illustrated in the series through its depiction of routine Sunday brunches, night outings, phone conversations, vacations, funerals, weddings and birth. It would seem that the characters have surpassed a typical friendship since their connection can be construed as practically familial. This could account for why these women choose to emphasize their gender identity above all other social categories. The show does so by portraying the trials and tribulations of four female characters in their continual struggle interacting with men on both romantic and sexual levels. All four women have been seen dating numerous types of men: from wealthy doctors to young waiters. Overall, it can see that the programme captures a changing pattern of gender scripts through its depiction of the unstable or unsettled process of hetero-socialization and dating practices in

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