Author Candace Bushnell reflects on how Sex And The City was revolutionary for women and angered men

‘A lot of guys were really threatened by it’: Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell reflects on why the show was ‘revolutionary’ – and how her tales of carefree single women angered men

She’s the real life Carrie Bradshaw who penned a worldwide phenomenon. 

Writing her first column since 1996, for Australia’s Stellar Magazine on Sunday, Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell reflected on how her stories were ‘revolutionary’ for ‘single, childless women’. 

Now 61, Candace revealed men felt ‘threatened’ when the television sensation Sex And The City came on air in 1998.  

Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in the TV adaptation of Sex And The City

Open: Writing her first column since 1996, for Australia’s Stellar Magazine on Sunday, Sex And The City author Candace Bushnell (pictured right) reflected on how her stories were ‘revolutionary’ for ‘single, childless women’. Pictured left: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in the TV adaptation of Sex And The City 

‘It was revolutionary to see single women – single, childless women, mind you – in their 30s, making their way in the world and having active sex lives,’ Candace said. 

She added: ‘Nowadays we wouldn’t blink, but back then in 1994, when I first started writing the column, people felt there was something wrong with these women.’

The former sex columnist went on to reveal there was a lot of male-dominated ‘criticism’ of the four independent women portrayed in her essays and later on-screen.   

'People felt there was something wrong with these women': Candace, 61, revealed men felt 'threatened' when Sex And The City came on air in 1998. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City The Movie in 2008

‘People felt there was something wrong with these women’: Candace, 61, revealed men felt ‘threatened’ when Sex And The City came on air in 1998. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City The Movie in 2008

Ouch! 'There were a lot of guys who were really threatened by it. I had men saying, 'You're ruining things! Now my girlfriend's asking me questions about this and that. Now she wants things!'' Candace explained. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker in the 2010 film Sex and The City 2

Ouch! ‘There were a lot of guys who were really threatened by it. I had men saying, ‘You’re ruining things! Now my girlfriend’s asking me questions about this and that. Now she wants things!” Candace explained. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker in the 2010 film Sex and The City 2

‘There were a lot of guys who were really threatened by it. I had men saying, ‘You’re ruining things! 

‘Now the women are talking. Now my girlfriend’s asking me questions about this and that. Now she wants things’,’ Candace explained. 

The long-running series and spin-off films starred Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a writer in New York who famously chooses her independence over motherhood. 

New moves: 'It was revolutionary to see single women – single, childless women, mind you – in their 30s, making their way in the world and having active sex lives,' Candace said. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall Sex and The City The Movie in 2008

New moves: ‘It was revolutionary to see single women – single, childless women, mind you – in their 30s, making their way in the world and having active sex lives,’ Candace said. Pictured: Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kim Cattrall Sex and The City The Movie in 2008

Solo: The long-running series and spin-off films starred Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a writer in New York who famously embraces her independence. Pictured: Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in the 2010 film Sex and The City 2

Solo: The long-running series and spin-off films starred Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a writer in New York who famously embraces her independence. Pictured: Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis in the 2010 film Sex and The City 2

Last year, Candace published a partially anecdotal novel called Is There Still Sex In The City? which followed a new group of female friends, delving back into the New York dating scene as a middle-aged women.

The socialite, who first came to New York in the 1980s, used the book to express her belief that modern dating has made women angry and frustrated. 

The writer also admitted that she finds New York boring and a ‘thousand time less fun’ than what it used to be.  

Read more: In this week's Stellar Magazine

 Read more: In this week’s Stellar Magazine 

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