sex and the city

How did we get so vulgar?

Vanity Fair journalist David Friend argues we’re repeating the worst of the 1990s—public shaming, prurient voyeurism and exhibitionism

Kim Cattrall on her new TV series, and hitting a ‘treacherous’ age

A decade after ‘Sex and the City,’ she’s back with a dark comedy about middle-aged angst

Kim Cattrall returns to the city, without so much sex

A more reflective, wry Cattrall emerges in the Toronto-set Sensitive Skin, her first television series in 10 years

He said, she said: Is it OK to talk about Lena Dunham’s body?

Talking points on Girls, Season 2, Episode 2

Success at 22 is depressing?!

Scaachi Koul: it’s more depressing to hear this girl complain

Lose everything, find a fairy jobmother

The recession catches up to reality TV

A new batch of reality shows is facing up to the fact we live in difficult times


Karate Kid’s a remake with muscle—no kidding!

Remakes and sequels don’t always suck


Things you always wanted to know but had no one wise enough to ask

I will use my columnist powers now to enlighten you


You’ll be seeing Gilles Marini, Eurogod, everywhere you turn

The shower scene guy from ‘Sex and the City’ is boosting the ratings on ‘Brothers & Sisters’


Maude didn’t have a “shmashmortion”

When it comes to pop culture and abortion, Bea Arthur’s liberal 1970s character is still the one to watch


“I Stayed Up All Night Watching a Designing Women Marathon…”

…”At first I hated it.And then I liked it. Then I hated it again. Then I got horny. And then I fell asleep. ” (Frank, 30 Rock)



I don’t just mean that they’re both Emmy-winning, critically-acclaimed, somewhat heartless cable shows with attractive casts and great clothes. I mean that Mad Men is on its way to becoming to men what Sex and the City was to women in the late ’90s and early ’00s (also Ally McBeal, for a little while): something that gets dragged into every cultural analysis of what women want, or what men want, or what women want in men or vice-versa and back again. Remember when you kept reading about Sex and the City and the question of what it meant for feminism? Well, the same thing is happening with Mad Men; it’s a convenient symbol of cultural longing for a time when men were men: