TV: The Carrie Diaries—The Vagina Monologues.

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The Carrie Diaries, Fox8’s new series based on Candace Bushnell’s Sex & the City prequel publication of the same name, was not a show I had high hopes for. Maybe that’s why I like it so much!

It’s successfully carved out a niche for itself that’s very separate from the HBO series that made Carrie Bradshaw famous, and even though it’s set in the ’80s, it’s so relatable it could be unfolding in the present day. Unlike Rock of Ages, for example, which was so distracting in its bid to recreate the ’80s, The Carrie Diaries just gets the fashion, hair and music so right.

Not only that, but last night’s episode, “Read Before Use”, really tapped into the essence of Carrie and Sex.

Carrie and Mouse attend an art exhibition in the city with Larissa in which former porn star Monica Penny displays her vagina for a penny in what Larissa calls a reclamation of her power. When it’s Carrie’s turn to place a penny in the jar and view her vagina, Monica takes a liking to the young ingénue and tells her never to let a man make decisions for her and to own her power. This, of course, means Carrie should take to Monica’s throne and show her own vagina.

Being underage but still faking it masterfully, Carrie declines, which leads Larissa to tell her that she’s not the girl she thought she was. Larissa thought Carrie would one day be on a billboard or “on the side of a bus”, in a throwback (forward?) to SATC and Carrie’s column promo. Carrie, exhibiting shades of feminism, tells Larissa it’s her choice not to show her vagina, and asks if that isn’t a form of power, too?

For a show that’s aimed primarily at the high school set, you have to applaud it for using the word vagina more than many other cable television shows. In using “vagina” so unashamedly and weaving the politics of choice and power into the fabric of the episode so seamlessly, “Read Before Use” was like feminism in training for the show’s young viewers. Let’s hope they keep it up.

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3 thoughts on “TV: The Carrie Diaries—The Vagina Monologues.

  1. Pingback: TV: The Carrie Diaries — “Mumbling Incoherently Does Not Mean She’s ‘Into It’.” | The Early Bird Catches the Worm

  2. Thanks for that comment. I really think it is a great exception for a TV show aimed towards young adults to handle sex the way it does. I also think of the most recent episode, when Carrie and George are in the car and he wants to have sex: how she handles the situation (“It is about me!”) is an exeptional example for teen TV shows to cover consensual sex. I’m a fan!

    • I agree. Last week’s episode could have added a bit more to the discourse of first time sex, I thought, I think you’re right. And while I’m not a fan of drugs, The Carrie Diaries also has a refreshingly modern take on smoking pot considering it’s a show set 30 years ago.

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