“Sex and the City”: A model work place?

This post was written by a student in Susan Schuyler’s Narrative, Rhetoric, and Identity class at Stanford University. Each student in this class will complete a research-based argument related to the course topic.

Very few television shows have made a nationwide impact and created a culture of their own. The show “Sex and the City” is one television series that has acquired support for women empowerment since its debut in the 1990’s. On the surface, “Sex and the City” appears to be a show about four women and their miscellaneous lives and adventures in the city that never sleeps i.e. New York City. However, underlying this facade, the directors address serious feminine issues like workplace dynamics, gender roles and gender equity. Given that not every episode will deal with each of these issues or with any issue at all, I will focus on a select number of episodes that address these issues. Possibly the best way to narrow my topic is to focus on one to two seasons from the entire television show series.        

In my research-based argument, I will also analyze many implicit topics and address their relevance to today’s society. Work dynamics is a possible topic that I can focus on because it’s a key issue that women continue to face into the 21st century. It also is intertwined with the issues of gender roles and inequality. In addition, for every issue discussed, I will address its contrary point of view. While providing opposing opinions, I will reference back to my main argument and its supporting evidence. Although I don’t have a specific argument in writing, the idea will relate to the mismatched treatment of men and women in the work place. In the most extremist cases, opposition will try to suggest that the show doesn’t have any underlying feminist agenda at all. However, my main argument will be kept in mind so that I can continue to discuss the idea of inequality in the work place. Using this structure and plan as a guideline, my research based argument will have analysis, counter arguments and relative supporting evidence to set the foundation for my main argument.

Daniela Parra

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One Response to “Sex and the City”: A model work place?

  1. ccrvisitor says:

    As a fan of “Sex in the City,” I think this is a great topic. The underlying issue of feminism, demonstrates the evolution of women in the 90’s. Women have been restricted for so long, they never really had the boldness to express themselves. We have come a long way since the suffrage movement. I can’t wait to read more.

    Ana Cruz
    City College

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