Did ‘Sex and the City' Change Our Sexual Health?Jessica Tholmer

You know how Sex and the City taught us a bunch of stuff?

Like how it’s okay to be single, and sometimes even better to be? And how fashion risks can really pay off? And how we may just have two big loves of our lives (hoping that one isn’t true)! And how girlfriends are the real soulmates in this wonderful thing we call life!

But do you ever think about what else Sex and the City taught us? Have you ever realized that the level of sexual awareness – both sexual freedom, and awareness of general upkeep of sexual areas of the body? I hadn’t really either until this article from the Daily Mail discussed the British Association of Dermatologists – and yes, their acronym is BAD, hilariously enough – believe that a year 2000 episode of Sex and the City created the trend of bikini waxing, thus decreasing the frequency in the occurrence of pubic lice.

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The episode, entitled “Sex and Another City” (because the girls go to Los Angeles, hey-oh!) has Carrie receiving her first bikini wax and freaking out about it.

Carrie: I got mugged. She took everything I got.
Samantha: It’s called the Brazilian wax.
Miranda: Why didn’t you tell her to stop?
Carrie: I tried. I feel like one of those freaking hairless dogs.
Samantha: It’s an aesthetic thing, everyone goes bare out here.
Miranda: Of course, they do. LA men are too lazy to go searching for anything.

Zing, Miranda. But anyway, the ladies get their Brazilians and apparently, everyone who watched the show did as well.

Reading this article, and thinking about the concept in general, I am pretty sold on believing that a television show could have such a strong impact on sexual health. For years and years we have learned from television, and it is easiest to note which shows have the strongest effect on us as a society years after their conclusions. Do we not reference shows like FriendsSeinfeld, and Sex and the City on a daily basis, perhaps without even knowing about it? Especially when a television show is built of characters that women (I’m speaking for women not men, since, you know, I am one) can look up to.

I am assuming we will not be able to prove that Sex and the City cured pubic lice necessarily, but I believe we should give the writers, producers, and actors credit where credit is due.

(Also, eeeeeeeeeeeeeek Brazilians scare the life outta me!)

Featured image via facebook, SATC image via airingnews.

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  2. I think I was 16 when I watched this episode. I laugh so much because of their pain and surprise. I didn’t know my country have been known for waxing, in fact I thought everybody in the world do it. In Brazil this is so common because we believe it’s a practice of personal hygiene. You don’t have to remove everything every time, a lot of people don’t like this ” extremely no-pubic hair” way. What I know is: we don’t have more sexual or dermatology diseases because of waxing so you don’t have to be afraid of it. What really matter is what you like!! I was happy the show talk about it and girls around the world could try it and maybe like it hahaha the first one is always terrible, but you get used to it

  3. I for one am so thankful for SatC for introducing me to the idea of a brazillian. For years I battled with shaving red bumps that were so irritable they would bleed and itch and bleed and itch untill finally, I discovered I was allergic to the metal in razors! (No way, it’s true, my ear lobes are allergic to cheap earrings….I put two and two together.) Thanks to the nice girl who I visit once a month, I have a smooth bikini area, no more in-grown hairs (which, thanks allot, I got from SHAVING) and it really does hurt less every time you go. Plus, it lasts me about a month! Totally worth it. Try it Jessica!

  4. In my experience, whenever SatC referenced pubic hair, it just made me feel like shit about my personal choices. Not to mention that pubic hair removal can cause just as many problems as it can potentially prevent, especially if not done carefully (some doctors contend it’s led to an increase in other STIs, not to mention a host of dermatological issues from ingrown hairs and such). And, really, why can’t body hair management just be a matter of personal preference? For all the good things SatC did, suggesting that women going out in droves to undergo a painful salon treatment because of pressure from a TV show is a good thing, regardless of the results in the wonderful world of crabs, depresses me. Let us grow out our hair or remove it as we see fit, without the value judgment.