ABC: “Sex and the City” forced teen to have sex

But, says the news outlet, don't blame the show for the "generation of sluts"!

Topics: Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

I went to the ABC News Web site earlier today and noticed (in the way one “notices” a flaming pileup of cars on the side of the road) the following headline: “‘Sex and the City’ Made Me Have Sex at 14.” Curiously, though, when I clicked on the attention-grabbing headline and was taken to the actual article, the headline suddenly morphed into: “‘Sex and the City’ Fiend: Show Turned Me Into Samantha.” As I found from reading the piece, this slightly less sensationalistic headline (it doesn’t invoke illicit underage sex) still blatantly contradicts the actual words of Lisa, the interviewee, who is now 22.

Lisa describes how eight years ago — newsworthy, indeed — she thought smoking was cool because of Carrie Bradshaw’s signature shaky-handed drag, and that one-night stands were fun because Samantha seemed to enjoy them — but she then very clearly says: “It wasn’t ‘Sex and the City’s’ fault.” Ah, but the headline “‘Sex and the City’ Didn’t Make Me Have Sex at 14″ just doesn’t have the same … je ne sais quoi.

As for Lisa, take heart — her tale of “Sex and the City” addiction has a happy ending: She moved from New York to Utah at age 19, converted to Mormonism, married an LDS adherent and had two children with him. He forbade her from watching the show, had her sell her “Sex and the City” DVD collection on eBay, and they lived happily ever after. (I’m pretty sure there’s a moral to this story — something about finding a prince patriarch in shining armor and fulfilling one’s biological destiny.)

That’s far too cheery a note to end on, so I’ll leave you with this nuanced and classy concession by the article’s author: “‘Sex and the City’ can’t be blamed for creating a generation of sluts.” Thanks, ABC! Next time someone at a highbrow cocktail party asks me about my thoughts on the origin of “Generation Slut,” I’ll smartly respond: “You know” — squinting, while delicately sipping from my Cosmo — “when it comes to the preponderance of sluts in contemporary culture, it’s a chicken versus egg, nature versus nurture question.”

Tracy Clark-Flory

Tracy Clark-Flory is a staff writer at Salon. Follow @tracyclarkflory on Twitter and Facebook.

More Related Stories

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails
    Burger King Japan

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.

    Elite Daily/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    McDonald's Black Burger: Because the laws of competition say that once Burger King introduces a black cheeseburger, it's only a matter of time before McDonald's follows suit. You still don't have to eat it.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    Arby's Meat Mountain: The viral off-menu product containing eight different types of meat that, on second read, was probably engineered by Arby's all along. Horrific, regardless.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.

    Michele Parente/Twitter

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.

    Taco Bell

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.

    2014's fast food atrocities

    Boston Pizza's Pizza Cake: The people's choice winner of a Canadian pizza chain's contest whose real aim, we'd imagine, is to prove that there's no such thing as "too far." Currently in development.


    2014's fast food atrocities

    7-Eleven's Doritos Loaded: "For something decadent and artificial by design," wrote one impassioned reviewer, "it only tasted of the latter."

  • Recent Slide Shows



Comment Preview

Your name will appear as username ( settings | log out )

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href=""> <b> <em> <strong> <i> <blockquote>