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David Quinn: Modern women have it all but they're far from happy

Published 04/06/2010 | 05:00

The paradox of feminism can be seen in 'Sex and the City 2'. The characters are deeply conflicted: they want their independence but they want to settle down too
The paradox of feminism can be seen in 'Sex and the City 2'. The characters are deeply conflicted: they want their independence but they want to settle down too

THE release of 'Sex and the City 2' coincides nicely with the 40th anniversary of the founding of modern feminism in this country with the Irish Women's Liberation Movement. The movie and the series show how far women's rights have advanced since 1970, but they also show the much more ambiguous side of feminism.

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The four main characters in Sex and the City (SATC) all have glamorous, interesting jobs, an extremely unlikely proposition before feminism; and more importantly before the pill, without which modern feminism would have been almost impossible.

Without effective contraception the SATC women couldn't have sex with lots of different men without fear of becoming pregnant. With it, they can do that and concentrate on their careers without kids getting in the way. So the women in SATC, like modern women generally, have a sort of freedom never before enjoyed by any other women in all of history.

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