The author of the 1997 novel that spawned hit TV show “Sex and the City” revealed in a recently published interview that she is now rethinking the “women can have it all” message of her work.
Candace Bushnell, 60, told the Sunday Times Magazine that her 2012 divorce has forced her to reckon with her decision not to have children when she was younger.
“When I was in my 30s and 40s, I didn’t think about it,” she said. “Then when I got divorced and I was in my 50s, I started to see the impact of not having children and of truly being alone. I do see that people with children have an anchor in a way that people who have no kids don’t.”
Bushnell’s “happily ever after” has turned out to be a spot messier than that of Carrie Bradshaw, the posh “Sex and the City” protagonist who she crafted as a fictionalized version of herself.
The former New York Observer columnist has written a new book, “Is There Still Sex in the City?,” a reverie on “middle-aged sadness” and the challenges faced by women over the age of 50.
Following her split from ballet dancer ex-husband Charles Askegard, Bushnell went five years without sex.
“It’s not that long when you get to my age. I know women who have gone longer,” she told the Times Magazine.
And in a New York Post interview published on Monday, Bushnell admitted she thought about having vaginal laser-rejuvenation treatment, a very in vogue procedure for wealthy Manhattanites.
“Here’s the thing: If I was going to do it, I was going to have to do a before and after,” she told the Post. “So I was going to have to find someone to have sex with as, you know, an experiment. If I’m just going to spend $3,000, I want to know if it really works or not, OK? But I couldn’t find that person.”
Bushnell is now in a new relationship with a real estate agent, she revealed in the Times Magazine interview.
Candace Bushnell created a pre-woke feminist fantasy
“Sex and the City,” which chronicled the romantic and work life of a group of fictional middle-aged career women living in New York City, has been heralded as a precursor to current-day mainstream feminist doctrine.
Critics praised the series, which ran from 1998 to 2004 on HBO, for its frank depictions of sexuality viewed from a female perspective and for showcasing characters unafraid to defy the paths purportedly imposed on women by the patriarchy.
In trailblazing fashion, “Sex and the City’s” cosmopolitan protagonists fucked and cheated their way through life just as crassly and brazenly as their male counterparts.