11 September 2011
SEX AND THE CITY
Cause of ambivalence:
Sex and the City
"Dear Sex and the City, I've watched you over and over again and I love all of your pretty outfits, but this casino game with your name on it is a real rip off!❤"
On the Sex and the City slot machine in an Atlantic City casino
Before we got kicked out of the casino for taking pictures, my girlfriends and I tried out the bright pink Sex and the City slot machine. It looked like so much fun, and as huge fans of the show, we were excited to test our luck at love and money, Carrie-style. Unfortunately, the machine was a huge rip off (as most of these machines are, except this one was worse than most!) It was a genius move, to use a popular show as bait to rob people blind. Thankfully we had a $5 casino-spending limit.
Feminist thinker bell hooks once wrote: “Movies do not merely offer us the opportunity to reimagine the culture we most intimately know on screen, they make culture.” If this is true of film, and of popular media in general, then I believe it is important to be aware of the effect these movies and TV shows can have on our culture, and acknowledge the power they hold. It is unwise to simply dismiss popular fictional stories as frivolous mainstream pleasures. If a show becomes so influential, that it can entice three smart women to waste their money on casino games, then obviously, the positive elements that made the show popular have been transformed into successful manipulation tools. I strongly believe that rather than rejecting shows like Sex and the City all together, one just has to pay closer attention to where the stories end and the manipulations begin.
 Hooks, Bell. Reel to Real: Race, Class and Sex at the Movies. (New York: Routledge, 2009. Print.) p12
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