Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sex and the City Strikes Back

Everybody knows that men are the minority gender on planet Earth. But we're also an increasingly large minority of law school graduates, book buyers and teachers - you know: the things that will be really important in about a decade. If the war between the sexes could be distilled into one battle, say the 1943 German attempt to pinch out the Kursk salient, men would be Field Marshall von Manstein gaily advancing into the trap laid out by women who in this analogy would be the formidable Marshall Georgi Zhukov sitting behind rows and rows of gleaming T-34's.
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Of course I'm only going on about the West. Women in Africa and the Middle East get treated very badly, but everyone's heading West eventually. Remember that dude who was talking about The End of History? Turns out he was right. No, really, you'll see.
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What has this got to do with Sex and the City? Everything. Straight men hate Sex and the City. All straight men, everywhere. Women apparently like Sex and the City. A lot. The fact that there is now a second Sex and the City movie is mere triumphalism. Ok you've won. We get it. Please. No Mas. First you made us talk about our feelings, then you told us that we had to start putting plastic stuff in the bin with the yellow lid, then you stopped us throwing a punch at that really obnoxious guy in the bar, then you made us see that movie where the Japanese killed all the dolphins and the Atacama desert could not have contained our tears. But please all we have left is the DVD store. And if the DVD store has big pictures of Sarah Jessica Parker all over it we wont even have that.
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Roger Ebert reviews SATC here. Good old Roger. Mark Kermode rants about SATC here. (Kermode's tirade almost made me flip the other way - I mean men have their war films and dull witted comic book movies so why arent women allowed to indulge their silly fantasies? And why is it always the people who went to fancy private schools who get so worked up about the rich? )