Sex and the City and consumer culture: Remediating postfeminist drama
Arthurs , J. print (2008) Sex and the City and consumer culture: Remediating postfeminist drama. In: Brunsdon, C. print and Spigel, L. print, eds. (2008) Feminist Television Criticism. (2nd ed) Maidenhead and New York: Open University Press, pp. 41-56. ISBN 9780335225446
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Sex and the City became central to debates about postfeminist culture following its global impact at the centre of a culture of female fandom. Its success and influence is symptomatic of the cultural and economic forces shaping television in the digital era, and offers a case study of how the deregulation, commercialisation and proliferation of television into multiple channels have enabled a new form of sexualised address in which women’s sexual desire is central. But this is expressed through an ironic aesthetic which offers a ‘complicit critique’ of the women’s lifestyle and their commodified relation to their bodies and identity.
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