History YMMV / SexAndTheCity

13th Aug '17 5:52:42 AM ClintEastwood
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* SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Harry's proposal to Charlotte.
13th Aug '17 5:34:52 AM ClintEastwood
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* DoubleStandard: Many critics feel the series in general has a rather double standard. Had the show been about four men who have countless one-night stands and dump their partners afterwards for the same, sometimes nitpicky, reasons the women in this show do it would have caused an outrage among feminists. Also, for a show that is praised for talking about sexual taboos it does enforce a lot of stereotypes about genders too, being that all men should be strong, fearless and [[BiggerIsBetterInBed well-endowed]].
** As well, for a show geared towards women, there was a very bad example of a DoubleStandard rampant in film and television. Throughout their on-again, off-again relationship, any pursuit of Big by Carrie--leaving a few things at his apartment, wanting to meet his mother, saying, "I love you"--was made out to be pathetic, clingy, etc., and was always "punished" somehow, usually by Big freaking out and pulling away from her, sometimes even outright breaking up with her. But after Big married Natasha, he flat-out stalked Carrie for several weeks--calling her constantly, lurking outside her building waiting for her to come home, continuing to lurk until her boyfriend left, sneaking into the building and practically trying to push his way into her apartment, only stopping when she warned him that her boyfriend was coming back, following her to the hotel she was staying at, following her into the elevator, then grabbing and kissing her repeatedly. Throughout all this, she repeatedly and explicitly tells him to leave her alone, and in the elevator, continually pushes him away, telling him "Fuck you" (essentially, "''no''"), before finally succumbing to his advances. While it's undeniable that Carrie certainly could be stalkerish with Big, her behavior was always portrayed negatively and typically resulted in her being dumped, whereas Big's harassment and virtually forcing himself on her was made out to be sexy and romantic and resulted in him getting her back.
** To a lesser extent with Steve and Miranda. From the moment their one-night stand is over, she makes it clear that this is all she wants. He responds by constantly calling her, showing up at her place--at one point, threatening to make a scene if she doesn't let him in--and overall, repeatedly ignoring her numerous requests that he leave her alone. This is never made out to be bad, despite Miranda's obvious annoyance with his persistence, just a case of the "Wild" guy trying to win over the "Uptight" woman and get her to let her defenses down.
13th Aug '17 5:33:08 AM ClintEastwood
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** After leaving Big, Natasha went to [[Series/BlueBloods law school]].* TearJerker: Although it dances with becoming {{Narm}}, the scene in which Carrie is begging Aidan to take her back after she slept with Big.
-->'''Carrie''': You have to forgive me. You have to forgive me. You ''have'' to forgive me. (Begins to weep). You have to ''forgive'' me.
** Much better than it sounds.
** Also, Miranda releasing all the pent-up emotion about her mother's death during a fitting for a new bra.
** Charlotte and Trey realizing that their marriage is beyond repair. He shows up at a magazine shoot featuring their penthouse that he hadn't wanted to do. When she tells him he can leave if he wants, he firmly says, "No. This is important to you".
** Richard SlutShaming Samantha and refusing her a job because she slept with his architect. Samantha points out the hypocrisy by saying, "If I were a man, you would have shaken my hand and given me a key to your office." She makes it to the elevator before breaking down in tears. (Although it becomes better when Richard calls Samantha back and offers her the job anyway because her speech impressed him.)
** Basically every time Samantha got hurt, as it showed that for all her promiscuity, she was looking for love just as much as the other girls. In particular, the aforementioned Richard, who did a lot of work to get her to let her guard down and exchanged "I love yous" with her. . .only to cheat on her.

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** After leaving Big, Natasha went to [[Series/BlueBloods law school]].* TearJerker: Although it dances with becoming {{Narm}}, the scene in which Carrie is begging Aidan to take her back after she slept with Big.
-->'''Carrie''': You have to forgive me. You have to forgive me. You ''have'' to forgive me. (Begins to weep). You have to ''forgive'' me.
** Much better than it sounds.
** Also, Miranda releasing all the pent-up emotion about her mother's death during a fitting for a new bra.
** Charlotte and Trey realizing that their marriage is beyond repair. He shows up at a magazine shoot featuring their penthouse that he hadn't wanted to do. When she tells him he can leave if he wants, he firmly says, "No. This is important to you".
** Richard SlutShaming Samantha and refusing her a job because she slept with his architect. Samantha points out the hypocrisy by saying, "If I were a man, you would have shaken my hand and given me a key to your office." She makes it to the elevator before breaking down in tears. (Although it becomes better when Richard calls Samantha back and offers her the job anyway because her speech impressed him.)
** Basically every time Samantha got hurt, as it showed that for all her promiscuity, she was looking for love just as much as the other girls. In particular, the aforementioned Richard, who did a lot of work to get her to let her guard down and exchanged "I love yous" with her. . .only to cheat on her.
13th Aug '17 5:31:35 AM ClintEastwood
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* SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Carrie and Big in the "The Big Time". You know it shouldn't be, but it is. Big kisses her:
-->'''Carrie''': Fuck you. (He continues to kiss her). Fuck ''you''. (She kisses him back). Oh, fuck me.
** And in the aftermath of the above the crown goes to the other side:
--> '''Natasha''': Yes, I'm sorry about it all. I'm sorry that he moved to Paris and fell in love with me, I'm sorry that we ever got married, I'm sorry he cheated on me with you, and I'm sorry that I pretended to ignore it for as long as I did. I'm sorry I found you in my apartment, fell down the stairs, and broke my tooth. I'm very sorry that after much painful dental surgery, this tooth is still a different color than this tooth. Finally, I'm very sorry that you felt the need to come down here. Now not only have you ruined my marriage, you've ruined my lunch!
*** It gets even better when around "I'm sorry he fell in love with me" [[ItsAllAboutMe the self-absorbed Carrie]] smiles, apparently thinking that Natasha really sympathizes with her losing Big -- only to realize a moment later that no, it's a ReasonYouSuckSpeech.
** Carrie dealing with Kyra the judgmental mother in the end of "Woman's right to shoes". Especially as Kyra had the nerve to initially refuse to pay for Carrie's stolen shoes, which Kyra made her take off, on the grounds that "we shouldn't have to pay for your extravagant lifestyle", even though the woman has three fucking kids Carrie bought presents for in the past.
13th Aug '17 5:28:29 AM ClintEastwood
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* TheRedStapler: The name "Aidan” seemed to increase in popularity possibly as a result of the show.
* RetroactiveRecognition: After leaving Big, Natasha went to [[Series/BlueBloods law school]].
* TearJerker: Although it dances with becoming {{Narm}}, the scene in which Carrie is begging Aidan to take her back after she slept with Big.

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* TheRedStapler: The name "Aidan” seemed to increase in popularity possibly RetroactiveRecognition:
** [[Series/MadMen John Slattery]]
as a result politician Carrie dates for a couple of episodes.
** [[Series/{{Suits}} Harvey Specter]] is an artist that has a thing for filming
the show.
* RetroactiveRecognition:
sex he has with models. Apparently.
** Miranda is presumptuously set up with a same-sex partner at her company ballgame by [[WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} Sterling Archer]].
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After leaving Big, Natasha went to [[Series/BlueBloods law school]].
school]].* TearJerker: Although it dances with becoming {{Narm}}, the scene in which Carrie is begging Aidan to take her back after she slept with Big.
4th Aug '17 10:25:36 PM Scabbard
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* HollywoodPudgy: Miranda's "baby weight", Samantha in the movie after she gains -- at most -- five pounds. To the show credit, the differences between the characters' usual sizes are at least ''visible''.

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* HollywoodPudgy: Miranda's "baby weight", Samantha in the movie after she gains -- at most -- five pounds. To the show show's credit, the differences between the characters' usual sizes are at least ''visible''.
19th Jul '17 10:11:17 PM libertydude
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* HarsherInHindsight: Donald Trump's cameo in an episode is made even more uncomfortable now that he's run for and won the office of President of the United States.
17th Jul '17 10:01:29 PM UncontestedSequel517
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* HarsherInHindsight: Donald Trump's cameo in an episode is made even more uncomfortable now that he's running for President of the United States.

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* HarsherInHindsight: Donald Trump's cameo in an episode is made even more uncomfortable now that he's running run for and won the office of President of the United States.
2nd Jul '17 11:00:56 AM TheLuckyCat
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* AesopAmnesia: In the series, Carrie and the girls complain that their married friends view them as a "threat" in their relationship and the unfairness of it. Come the second movie, Charlotte is fretting ''constantly'' about Harry cheating on her with the Nanny. To add insult to injury, the movie "fixes" this, not by saying that Harry wouldn't cheat on her, but by making the Nanny a lesbian. [[SarcasmMode Problem solved!]]



** And, as Big himself lampshades, she bitches him out in the second movie ''for buying a television'' and having the audacity to wanting to stay at home and watch it instead of going to parties all the time.

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** And, as Big himself lampshades, she bitches him out in the second movie ''for buying a television'' and having the audacity to wanting to stay at home and watch it instead of going to parties all the time. Her treatment of Big overall is ridiculously petty and she comes off like ControlFreak, whining about him not wanting to go to the party with her, then going off to Abu Dabi for two weeks without him.
1st Jul '17 6:29:08 AM Scandia
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* ValuesDissonance: A couple examples regarding time and place.
** Carrie smokes cigarettes a lot. Back when the series began, it was questionable- but acceptable. Nowadays it would not be acceptable- and would be a major turnoff towards a lot of dates.
** None of the protagonists work in service professions or do volunteer work of any kind. All four of them are single women. This may have been passable in NYC- but it would have never been acceptable in the South, where it is highly encouraged (if not downright expected) for singles (and to a lesser extent of married and attached people, but not as severely) to do volunteer work unless they are in service professions (and still encouraged even if they are) due to Dixie being so religious.



* ValuesDissonance: A couple examples regarding time and place.
** Carrie smokes cigarettes a lot. Back when the series began, it was questionable- but acceptable. Nowadays it would not be acceptable- and would be a major turnoff towards a lot of dates.
** None of the protagonists work in service professions or do volunteer work of any kind. All four of them are single women. This may have been passable in NYC- but it would have never been acceptable in the South, where it is highly encouraged (if not downright expected) for singles (and to a lesser extent of married and attached people, but not as severely) to do volunteer work unless they are in service professions (and still encouraged even if they are) due to Dixie being so religious.
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