How Carrie Bradshaw and Her Friends Make Sex and the City the Rom-Com of the Century

Sex and the City is a television series with six seasons and two movies that add on to the series. The whole show is about four girls, Carrie Bradshaw, Charlotte York, Miranda Hobbes, and Samantha Jones, living in New York City on a quest for love. The girls are in their early thirties working, having sex, and eating brunch talking about is boys and marriage and babies, oh my!

Throughout the show, the girls complain about how they can’t find someone to marry in a city as big as New York City. They search clubs, restaurants, an the streets of New York to find the man of their dreams while time is of the essence. They seem to struggle to find “Prince Charming” while all of their friends are far ahead of the game with weddings and baby showers. As stressful as it seems, there is comedic relief and usage of figurative language to ease the pain of the four girls.

Hyperbole is a big concept used throughout the show when talking about how late the girls are in the game. The girls are in their mid thirties and still cant find the perfect man, and if they do, there is always one thing that seems to make him imperfect. However at the end of the series, the men who are not so perfect, seem to be the Mr. Right.

Irony is also used a lot between the girls. For example, the girls are all different in how they find men, which makes the girls very ironic from each other. This makes the show very interesting and also funny in how they interact with men and each other.

The work of the writers for this show use satire as a way of showing that it is okay if people do not find love at a certain young age. Even though the clock is ticking, there is no start time or end time for love.

Satire In “White Chicks”

As a result of accidentally botching a drug deal bust, brother FBI agents are forced to escort two young white females to the Hampton’s as kidnapping bait. Soon after the girls are exposed to the plan they back out leaving the brothers in a panicked state after their recent screw up. With no other choice they transform themselves into the sisters pretending to be them.

From the title to the names of characters this movie cleverly exaggerates various stereotypical forms of African American behavior in order to express white imagery. Social class, slang and even the style, are ways that director Keenen Ivory Wayans characterizes white people. White Chicks is a gold mine for reflections on race because it functions to put whiteness and blackness on display and resurrects the basic elements of racism(though with a lesson attached).

Some films actually go as far as to challenge anti-black racist stereotypes with a more direct approach and confront white privilege as well as the power it holds. White Chicks is similar to movies such as Some Like It Hot (1959) Tootsie (1982), and Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), where the theme centered around men disguised as women. However, the film presents the men disguised as women motif in order to present a serious message regarding racial relations in America.

White men continue to possess the majority of political and economic power in America even today. Hence, it can be argued that while wealthy white women are the main characters throughout, white men slip through the film counter-gaze of the brothers and that this slippage serves to reassert white male domination.