Sex Sells A Marxist Criticism of Sex and the City

SexSells: A Marxist Criticism of Sex and the City

SexSells: A Marxist Criticism of Sex and the City

Inthis article, Dave Rinehart makes a Marxist critique into the popularTV show “SexSells”and simplifies the concept of the consumer capitalism and its impactson the social empowerment of women. The writer focuses on therelationship between men and women and the dynamics that comes withthis kind of involvement. This analysis aligns and takes into accountthe ideas advocated by Karl Max in its criticism of the TV show. Forinstance, the idea advanced by Karl Max that concepts of the rulingclass are linked with what the author calls the bourgeoisies heroesand heroines and how they use their powers to promote their agenda.

Accordingto the author, the main character in this story is said to be datingthe big and powerful people, mostly targeting the bankers andinvestors. The act forms what links the story to the notion that theideas of the ruling class are the ruling ideas. Carry uses theinfluential figures to promote the trade (Jay, 1984). Nonetheless, itis imperative to note that despite dating these prominent people, shewas also a professional in investment banking thus raising thequestion of her involvement in that particular line of trade.Therefore, for this reason, the author refers to the character asthis crop of ladies labeling them as “commodity fetishists.”

Frommy point of view, the author is harsh to single women and the use ofthe words “commodity fetishists” is rather derogatory. The authoralso points out Carry’s necklace which he says is suited for theupper-class women thereby raising the question of whether the singleladies can afford them or not. The ideas propelled by Karl Max arewell articulated in the analysis offering a good understanding of theTV show.


Jay.M. (1984). Adorno.Cambridge: Harvard University Press