It’s the podcast again Archetypes favorite place of Meghan Markle for “uncomfortable” statements, or at least chats. In the last episode, the Duchess of Sussex spoke frankly and without taboo with Candace Bushnellauthor of the column Sex and the City in the nineties, which inspired the hit TV series we all know.
“We live in a world where we not only tell women how they should look but also how they should feel» said Bushnell, explaining that she always wanted to define herself on her own terms. “Suffice it to say girls are all sweetness and cuteness and they just have to be well behaved and want to have children,” she told the Duchess of Sussex.
“I was often told, ‘You can’t do this, you can’t access this area’ while I was writing the series,” Bushnell explains on the podcast. «Even if something is changing, fortunately, on the role of women on TV, it still happens too often that men write the female roles».
Also talking about the four iconic protagonists of Sex and the City, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and CharlotteCandace acknowledged that there are still many limitations to the representation of women on TV, but “the show has done a great job of redefining women’s wants and needs.”
Meghan Markle provoked the author by asking what she thinks female sexuality would be like if money and power didn’t play an oppressive role: «It would look a lot like that of Samantha Jones! When I was single in New York in the ’90s, I was surrounded by a lot of independent and sexually empowered women,” she noted. “That’s why I started asking myself questions about all the clichés about female sexuality and I discovered that they weren’t true.”
“Women are often told to “only have sex with one person“, added Candace. “And there are a thousand other obstacles that those who want to live their sexuality in a free and unhindered way must overcome”. journey and confessed to «not having made a lot of money from Sex and the City», which infuriated her after the series was made.
Candace said that social media today plays a vital role in offering more examples of women investing their expressiveness to empower themselves on sex and career. But in the 1990s, when you started the column, the situation was different. It was her father who made her a feminist. «She always told me to go beyond the four jobs typically available to women in the sixties and seventies (“nurse, teacher, librarian or secretary”). This is how I became a writer and journalist».
Source: Vanity Fair