Is There Still Sex in the City? by Candace BushnellTwenty years after her sharp, seminal first book Sex and the City reshaped the landscape of pop culture and dating with its fly on the wall look at the mating rituals of the Manhattan elite, the trailblazing Candace Bushnell delivers a new book on the wilds and lows of sex and dating after fifty.
Set between the Upper East Side of Manhattan and a country enclave known as The Village, Is There Still Sex in the City? gathers Bushnell’s signature short, sharp, satirical commentaries on the love and dating habits of middle aged men and women as they continue to navigate the ever-modernizing world of relationships. Throughout, Bushnell documents 21st century dating phenomenon, such as the “Unintended Cub Situation” in which a sensible older woman suddenly becomes the love interest of a much younger man, the “Mona Lisa” Treatment—a vaginal restorative surgery often recommended to middle aged women, and what it’s really like to go on Tinder dates as a fifty something divorcee. Bushnell also updates one of her most celebrated stories from Sex and the City, “The Bicycle Boys,” a breed of New York man who was always trying to bring his bike up to women’s apartments. Once an anomaly, Bushnell charts their new ubiquitousness, in addition to where, and how to do your own man stalking via bicycle (and whether or not it’s worth it).
In Is There Still Sex in The City? Bushnell looks at love and life from all angles—marriage and children, divorce and bereavement, as well as the very real pressures on women to maintain their youth and have it all. This is a pull-no-punches social commentary and an indispensable companion to one of the most revolutionary dating books of the twentieth century.
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20 Years Later, the Original 'Sex and the City' Column Still Contains One Timeless Truth
Broadcast from until , the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. Throughout its six-year run, the show received contributions from various producers, writers, and directors, principally Michael Patrick King. Set and filmed in New York City and based on Candace Bushnell 's book of the same name , the show follows the lives of a group of four women—three in their mid-thirties and one in her forties—who, despite their different natures and ever-changing sex lives, remain inseparable and confide in each other. Starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw and co-starring Kim Cattrall as Samantha Jones , Kristin Davis as Charlotte York , and Cynthia Nixon as Miranda Hobbes , the quirky series had multiple continuing storylines that tackled relevant and modern social issues such as sexuality , safe sex , promiscuity , and femininity , while exploring the difference between friendships and romantic relationships. The deliberate omission of the better part of the early lives of the four women was the writers' way of exploring social life—from sex to relationships—through each of their four very different, individual perspectives.
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Sex and the City, published in the New York Observer in , was the basis for the HBO hit series and two subsequent blockbuster movies. Lipstick Jungle.
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On a Sunday night. Her only free night. Carolyne and Cici were sitting back on the banquette, their legs crossed, stirring their drinks and looking very smart. Carolyne was talking on a cellular phone. Carolyne flipped her cellular phone closed and looked at Carrie. Cici lit a cigarette and looked off in another direction.
In what ways do you see its cultural and social stamp today? It was a cultural reality that no one had spent much time thinking about. And people really felt that if a woman was single in her 30s, there was something wrong with her — she must have terrible baggage or a terrible personality. But there have always been single women, and there certainly have always been single women in the big cities. Did you get the sense when writing it that there was something radical about approaching sex and dating with such candor? So when I started writing for the New York Observer it was a much smaller audience, but also a very sophisticated one, both men and women. Men have always had the luxury of there being all different kinds of men, and male writers, whereas there are only a few different kinds of women and you could be pigeonholed into three or four different types.
The author speaks to Olivia Petter about feminism, dating in your fifties, and why Sarah Jessica Parker is the antithesis to Carrie Bradshaw. The last offering, Sex and the City 2 , came out almost a decade ago, but rumours of sequels still swirl, alleged feuds between castmates make headlines, and, as Bushnell pointed out, those Instagram accounts are flourishing. But real life was where it began. The HBO programme, which ran from to , was praised for its depiction of its female characters as strong and unhampered, paving the way for the likes of Girls and Fleabag. After finding fame and success through the show, Bushnell married professional dancer Charles Askegard, who was 10 years her junior.