But perhaps the most enduring aspect of the series is the question that's become a perpetual cocktail mainstay among friends: We all know what someone means when they declare, "I'm a Charlotte. Or, more specifically, "the Waspy gallerina, the liberal-feminist lawyer, the decadent power publicist," as the New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum defined them, plus the audience surrogate and everywoman, Carrie. However we may define the four ladies — the romantic, the pragmatic, the priss, the empowered — women everywhere are ready to identify with one of them.
Of course, some women settle for a combination of characters, drawn to a few archetypes. I'm a workaholic, but when it comes to sex, I don't give a fuck," Gina, 27, told Mic. Then we have our allegiances. Can't stand the show. I guess this makes me a Miranda, right? Giphy What "I'm a Carrie" means: While the slapstick sex scenes, Manolo Blahniks and devasting on-again, off-again relationships were part of Sex and the City's legacy, most women agree that long after the series went off-air, they're mostly still discussing "who" they are — a conversation that's really one about identity.
As Nussbaum pointed out , they were anti-heroines: We see Carrie in our friend with the witty remark. Samantha comes alive in our friend who doesn't give two shits. Our friend with a five-year plan is a Charlotte, while the hardworking and insecure one we dub a Miranda. It's fun to choose which one we all are, and that's why we keep doing it over brunch with one another. In a fun and distilled way, it lets us make sense of our friendships, the relationships we've had and the patterns we fall into.
Giphy "The characters fulfill specific stereotypes that many of us could agree with — like horoscopes. That may be a reason why "I'm a Carrie" T-shirts and nameplate necklaces are still popular. They signify something about ourselves and our friends. They're a shorthand for the type of people we would date, the careers we're after and, in a certain way, even the kind of outfit we'd wear on a Saturday night orange power suit versus red halter dress. For a show that focalized on the enduring and powerful force that is female friendship, it's only fitting that the part of the show we're still talking about is the only one we can share among friends.