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Carrie Bradshaw

A look at the ‘Sex and the City’ character Carrie Bradshaw

Carrie Bradshaw
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Carrie Bradshaw is, in certain circles, a household name. She represents what many young women aspire to become: wealthy, famous, stylish and above all...happy. Carrie has been everywhere from New York City to India.

She is always accompanied by her three best gal pals; Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte. The girls prove that even during the worst of times, friendship conquers all. It doesn't hurt that they can go through it all with style and class.

Sex and the City

Carrie Bradshaw is a writer and columnist, living in New York. Carrie was brought to life by actress Sarah Jessica Parker, on HBO's series, "Sex and the City." The original series ran from 1998 to 2004. Then was followed by two movies: "Sex and the City," in 2008 and "Sex and the City 2," in 2010.

The show's origin began with the book, "Sex and the City," by Candace Bushnell. The book, published in 1996, is a collection of essays written from character Carrie Bradshaw's perspective. The essays were inspired by Bushnell's own column in 1990. 

About Carrie

Carrie is the author of a sex advice column. Carrie often uses her own experiences, and the experiences of her friends, to provide insight into the world of sex, love and relationships. Carrie goes through the trials and tribulations of relationships, with her column and close friends as her outlet.

There are a couple of interesting points about Carrie. The first is that she starts out as a smoker, and ends up kicking the habit. She has a few expected slips, but she finally kicks the habit for good. That shows her determination to do something she sets her mind to do. This may seem unimportant, but to young girls who want to be like her, it's a big deal.

The second thing about Carrie is how she overcomes her problems. She is strong-willed and determined not to let life get to her. She has a no-nonsense approach to dealing with conflicts and setbacks. There are a few things to be learned in observing Carrie.

Carrie is a very stylish gal, and she loves designer shoes. Sometimes her flair for fashion gets her into a little bit of trouble. For example, she almost loses a friend over a missing pair of designer shoes in one episode. Even when Carrie is dressed in sweat pants and has her hair in a tousled ponytail, she does it with style.

Carrie is somewhat of a romantic at heart. She longs for a big, beautiful wedding, although she claims she doesn't want to get married. She is sometimes quick to fall in love and suffers heartbreak often. Her on again, off again, relationship with Mr. Big is often tumultuous at best. Carrie has inner conflicts about keeping her single identity while in a committed relationship.

While she is a very loyal friend, Carrie finds herself at odds with her friends over her own romantic pursuits. She finds it difficult to follow their advice. She also has a hard time following the advice she gives in her column.

The not so good

The one thing about the Character that is a little hard to swallow is even when her life is in turmoil, she always manages expensive clothing and shoes. She always ends up at an exclusive club or event. She is surrounded by rich and fashionable people. When things are really bad, she and the girls can just run off on a vacation. This is great for a television show, but somewhat unbelievable for real life.

Another thing that Carrie doesn't seem to be too concerned with is safe sex and health issues. She pretty much sleeps with whomever she wants and that's the end of it. The show tackles some pretty hard-hitting topics like cancer, yet in the bedroom, Carrie is sometimes less than careful. 

Carrie decides to have an affair while dating a really nice guy, Aiden. This is not the kind of thing you want see from a such a smart woman. This does nothing to boost your confidence in her ability to maintain a healthy relationship. 

Carrie Bradshaw is fun loving, smart, witty and even a bit neurotic. She ends up with everything she wants and manages to take it all in stride. She has a fantastic writing career, the man of her dreams and her best friends. What more could a girl want?


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