Samantha from Sex and the City – “masculine” sexuality

Samantha from SATC, from the get-go talks about fucking like a man. Sex with no strings attached. Pure physical enjoyment with no regrets or shame. Perhaps this type of masculinity is something we all can learn from? To some degree, at least?

Sex, for women in particular, is often stained with shame. But Samantha says fuck that and gets on with it (literally). She creates her own sexual opportunities instead of only taking what comes her way, and does not feel sorry about it. She is confident and assertive sexually, traditionally male qualities, walking up to attractive men and boldly introducing herself and propositioning what she wants. Sexual confidence is definately positive, but is this a realistic portrayal of masculine sexuality?

Here are some questions to critically think about: is this what “men” are really like sexually in the first place? Does framing “masculine” sexuality this way (and portraying this as a desirable sexuality for women) sell us short and fit men into stereotypical boxes? Although I love to see a sexually empowered woman, is this empowerment or just sexual capitalism, where the focus in on the goods but we lose the human connection? Or is this empowerment? What should we take from Samatha’s viewpoint and what should we leave? What do you think?

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One Response to Samantha from Sex and the City – “masculine” sexuality

  1. Jasmeet says:

    I may be going off on a tangent here, but personally, I always felt the character of Samantha to be very exaggerated. I don’t really think Samantha is a realistic portrayal of masculine sexuality. Her sex talk and behavior almost seems too much, as if to try to bring emphasis on the fact that she is a sexually empowered woman, not man. Sometimes I just want to say “Enough! We get it, you’re a woman who loves sex.”

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