Sex and the City: A Cultural History

An insightful look at the cultural impact of the television phenomenon Sex and the City

Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, one word was on everyone’s lips: sex. Sex and the City had taken the United States, and the world, by storm. Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha influenced how a generation of women think, practice, and talk about sex, allowing them to embrace their sexual desires publicly and unlocking the idea of women as sexual beings on par with men.

In Sex and the City: A Cultural History, Nicole Evelina provides a fascinating, in-depth look at the show’s characters, their relationships, and the issues the show confronted. From sexuality and feminism to friendship and motherhood, Evelina reveals how the series impacted viewers in the 1990s, as well as what still resonates today and what has glaringly not kept up with the times. The world has changed dramatically since the show originally aired, and Evelina examines how recent social movements have served to highlight the show’s lack of diversity and throw some of its storylines into a less than favorable light.

While Sex and the City had problematic issues, it also changed the world’s perception of single women, emphasized the power of female friendship, built brands, and influenced fashion. This book looks at it all, from the pilot episode to the spinoff movies, prequel, and reboot that together have built an enduring legacy for a new generation of women.

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“[An] insightful look back at the show that made Cosmos and Manolo Blahnik household names…An interesting, well-researched summation of a piece of television history that is honest in its criticisms.” —Lisa Henry for Library Journal

“This book clearly has its roots in academic research, but does not use academic language that can be dry and boring…this book provides a fun analysis that could be referenced in one’s feminist television criticism.” – Netgalley review

“The most iconic show of the late 90’s and early 00’s is broken down and heavily analyzed through a lens of culture in this book…I enjoyed the analytical approach to this show; it is about so much more than the single girl.” – Netgalley review

Formats: Hardback, ebook
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

  • Hardback: 978-1-5381-6567-6
  • Ebook: 978-1-5381-6568-3 (coming soon)