Here are some articles referencing "Sex and the City" that address the
influence of sexy shows on television. I've not reproduced the
articles in full because of copyright protection so I hope you will
visit each link for the complete article text.
"Feeling frisky? Don't blame the box" by Brigid Delaney
March 12 2003
"A study of media influences on sexuality, published last year in the
US, found that exposure to sex in music videos was likely to increase
adolescents' acceptance of sex before marriage and those who watched a
lot of TV were more likely to have a negative attitude towards
remaining a virgin."
"Heating up the TV screen" by Richard Huff
Daily News TV Editor
"Last year, for instance, a Kaiser Family Foundation survey found
two-thirds of all shows have some sexual content..."If you ask teens
what role sex on TV plays in their own lives, nearly three out of four
say it influences the sexual behaviors of youngsters their age and one
in four admits it influences their own behavior," researchers wrote."
"Sexy TV Linked to Sex Behavior in Some Teens" by Alison McCook
May 5, 2002
"Overall, Somers and Tynan found that teens who watched sexier shows
tended to engage in sexual behaviors more frequently than those who
watched less sex on TV."
From "May I Kiss You? A Candid Look at Dating, Communication, Respect, &
Sexual Assault Awareness":
"Television is a powerful influence. While parents are watching, and
laughing at, programs like "Sex and the City," their children are
acquiring the opinion that the escapades depicted on that screen are
Reviw of book by Jaine Carter, Ph.D. and James D. Carter, Ph.D.
Regarding non-article reference of non-sexual influences, take a look
at these questions referencing "Sex and the City" previously asked on
the Google Answers web site:
Sex toy influence
Alcoholic beverage influence (mentioned in the answer in an interview transcript)
The questions were asked by customers so you can speculate on what the
percentage might be in the general population. In general
conversation, I hear friends discuss the fashions from the show.
"Her [Patricia Field] deft styling hand has turned the characters of
HBO's "Sex and the City" into small-screen fashion icons and has
sparked trends ranging from high-end designer bags to fabric flowers
(and she brought Manolo to the masses, which is no small feat)."
Sex and the City Store from The New York First Company
So, there are influences from the show present in many areas. Thank
you for asking such an interesting question! It was great fun to
research and should you require clarification of any of the links or
information I have provided, please request it before closing and
rating this question and I will be happy to respond.
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HBO Sex and the City Official site is located at http://www.hbo.com/city/
Clarification of Answer by
13 Nov 2003 08:02 PST
I didn't locate any exact info regarding your additional questions but
the articles below might be of interest.
"Fans and promoters of the show apotheosized this lifestyle and
proclaimed that their behavior was another great leap in women's lib:
"The smart women of 'Sex and the City' aren't afraid of their
femininity or their appetites," the Los Angeles Times raves."
"In response to the recent spate of televisions shows like Sex and the
City, Friends and Will and Grace, in which women live happy, healthy
and even childbearing lives all without tying the knot, cultural
critics have once again taken to chastising single women."
""Sex and the City" has always been an astute little fable about the
lies otherwise intelligent women live by, the bad choices they make as
they take advantage of the post-feminist freedom to pursue "dangerous
emotions" (as writer Steve Vineberg so aptly put it in a recent New
York Times piece about the show)..."Sex and the City" is still fizzy
and funny. But it has become unsettling and, sometimes, infuriating,
as it mercilessly homes in on the dirty emotional secrets of modern,
post-feminist women's lives. Watching the characters obsess over
finding Mr. Right or worry that they'll never have babies, you don't
know whether to laugh, because it's all so embarrassingly retro, or
cry, because you know women exactly like them."
"Psychologists, sex researchers and those who sell pornography say
women's interest in pornography has been spurred by changes in
contemporary culture, from the privacy afforded by the Internet to the
trendiness of sex in TV's "Sex and the City" and other mainstream
"Sex and the City star, Kim Catterall, has released her own
contribution, Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm. The book is
already a smash in America and climbed up the bestseller lists here
"These series may stand out, but more relaxed attitudes to sexuality
are permeating every aspect of drama and sitcoms on public and cable
channels alike, says Dr Jackie Cook, a senior lecturer in
communications and cultural studies at the University of South
Australia..."Sex and the City doesn't care if it offends (morals
campaigners) because they are not its market ... Queer As Folk and Sex
and the City are aiming at an urban cosmopolitan audience who see
themselves as sophisticated and tolerant."
"Sex and the City and Ally McBeal are, more than TV programmes,
lifestyle phenomena which have liberated female sexuality, and raised
the sex industry beneath the counter...He turns again to Sex and the
City whose lead character, as the show's title sequence says, "knows
good sex and isn't afraid to ask". Maybe Britons have emerged from
the dark ages of sexual repression."
Please review the articles above in their entirety as there are
mentions of the show in each.
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