Amid cast member uncertainty and countless plot theories, there were two things we thought we could be absolutely certain of when And Just Like That was announced: there would be sex and it would be in the city.
Turns out, we were wrong. After counting our steamy eggs before they hatched, we were greeted with the most monumental dry spell in history. And Just Like That… everyone turned celibate. So, where has all the shagging gone?
To London with Samantha Jones is the most probable theory. She was the purveyor of SATC’s most outrageous escapades. From sliding down a pole and riding a fireman in his truck to masturbating over a monk, she really did try anything once. It makes sense that without her the romp to episode ratio has significantly fallen.
At one stage, it looked like the only character coming close to orgasm was Miranda’s endlessly horny teenager Brady and his girlfriend Luisa. That is, until we were handed one of the most cringe-worthy sex scenes ever broadcast. That’s right, the Che and Miranda fingering moment.
It’s hard to pinpoint what was the most harrowing part of it all. The moans, the cheating on Steve, or the fact an immobilised post-hip-operation Carrie was literally weeing the bed while Miranda screamed to climax in front of her horrified eyes.
Elsewhere, Charlotte and Harry used to have one of the best sex lives of any long-term couple on the show (remember that ‘I fantasise about your lips’ speech?) So, why are we now watching them sit in bed and read? For a show known for its sexual exploits—this is disappointing.
There has been a lot of discussion about ageism and AJLT. Mainly, that Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis justifiably hit back at viewers for critiquing their wrinkles or lack thereof. But the noticeable lack of shagging now that the Sex And The City women have aged could signify ageism within the show itself.
According to an Age UK study, more than half of men and nearly a third of women over 70 were sexually active with more than a third of these having sex more than twice a month. Yet, when grey hairs grow and wrinkles emerge, older people are suddenly seen as non-sexual beings.
When asked by the UK Film Council, 60 per cent of older female film-goers said they were bored of seeing themselves portrayed on screen as ‘sexless grandmothers’. While older actors like Sean Connery and Jack Nicholson have sex on screen, leading ladies often aren’t given the same airtime.
In And Just Like That, it’s understandable that recently widowed Carrie may not be feeling the urge. But her desire hasn’t died with Big and, hopefully, her growing attraction to her physical therapist Travis will reflect that.
Sex And The City was the first show that followed a group of women as they drank, had sex, worked hard and had fun without getting married. The endless shagging is in the lifeblood of the programme, and this shouldn’t be lost just because the characters have matured. Statistically, it’s just not true to reality.
In the immortal words of Samantha Jones: ‘I will wear whatever and blow whomever I want as long as I can breathe— and kneel.’ Carrie may have had a hip replacement but it’s not all over yet.