Sex and the City is undoubtedly one of the most significant and influential TV shows of my generation. Carrie and her 3 best friends made living the single life well into one’s thirties exciting, glamorous, and most importantly acceptable. Although it’s a controversial opinion, I think Carrie and the girls are modern feminists, refusing to settle for less than the best when it comes to careers, apartments, men, or any other facet of life. And importantly, men are not portrayed as the enemy, just enigmas to be solved without capitulating to unreasonable demands or expectations. In my opinion, this puts Carrie Bradshaw into the canon of American cultural icons, with Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore. So I love Carrie, I really do. I own all six seasons of Sex and the City on DVD, and watch them often.
All this being said, I think that most SATC fans can agree that Carrie is not a role model when it comes to personal finance. Carrie spends wildly on shoes, designer clothes, and expensive restaurants and often finds herself in financial pickles when it comes to paying rent, or, eventually, purchasing her apartment. So I take it partially as a very sincere compliment and an unintended insult that an alarming number of people in my life have told me that I remind them of Carrie. Though I see much more of myself in Miranda, I’m flattered of course that people think that I am independent and fashionable, and slightly insulting that they might view me as financially irresponsible. So I thought it might be fun to list the similarities and differences between me and Carrie Bradshaw, once and for all. Here is what I’ve been able to come up with:
Similarities between TeacHer and Carrie:
– A deep love of cities, particularly New York
– Wild, curly, out-of-control hair
– The constant sporting of high heels
– A collection of high heeled shoes (though Carrie has me beat by a mile)
– A disdain for exercise and dieting
– Fierce loyalty to friends
– A zest for life that results in a refusal to settle
– An ambivalent attitude about having children
– A love of smoking, that we both gave up for men we love more
Differences between TeacHer and Carrie Bradshaw:
– I can cook; Carrie can’t even master fondue
– I show a lot more patience than Carrie, in most aspects of life
– I’m much more of a cynical pessimist than Carrie (hence why I see myself as more closely aligned with Miranda
– I pay my rent and bills first, and buy shoes with what is left over
– I yearn to own a home and am starting to save towards this goal; Carrie fell into home ownership and showed no interest in it until it became her last option
So I guess the similarities outweigh the differences, but I think I’m ultimately just much more organized and responsible than Carrie.
This was fun! Which SATC character are you most like? Why?