Magazine article The Spectator

Lost Plot

Magazine article The Spectator

Lost Plot

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Sir: While Marianne Macdonald's article ('Sex and the City is a myth', 24 May) was an entertaining read, its central thesis -- that the airbrushed on-screen portrayal of the four female leads in Sex and the City is fundamentally detached from real life -- was hardly revelatory. Even I, as a straight, male, sometime fan of the series, managed to spot within a matter of an episode or two that the four characters were intended to represent four overlapping aspects of the female psyche, rather than being a gritty reflection of everyday distaff New York life.

Nevertheless, it might have helped her case if Ms Macdonald had at least given the impression of having seen more than one or two episodes herself, since every example she cited of real women's concerns that the series had supposedly failed to address had, in fact, been covered at length in the plotlines. …

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