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Good-Riddance to Friends: TV Fantasy was a Model for Heartache

Steven Rhoads

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Sex in the City signed off earlier this year and Friends has now [will follow this week] followed. The shows are listed as comedies, but they are really fantasies when it comes to their recurring themes of uncommitted sex.

What is most striking about both shows is their androgynous outlook toward the contemporary sex scene. For the women, romantic interests abound, and there are at least as many men as women hurt by failed relationships. The sex, despite the occasional bad scene, seems as wonderful for the women as for the men.

Of course, both Rachel and Miranda must live with their adorable accidents, but these off-stage babies rarely slow down their footloose, single lives. These single moms miraculously manage their demanding careers without smudged make-up, spitup-spotted clothes or sleep-deprivation.

While babies are left largely unseen, venereal disease hardly exists. In the real world, exposed women are dramatically more likely than men to be infected by a sexually transmitted disease (eight times more for HIV, four times more for gonorrhea), but even Samantha's world class promiscuity has left her disease free.

Read the entire article on the Taking Sex Differences Seriously website.

Posted: 7/3/04



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