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It is a French film called Priceless, which is released in the UK this week and is selling itself as a "fresh re-imagining of the cinema classic Breakfast at Tiffany's", a love story for our time: the romantic tale of a gold-digger and the poor waiter who falls for. When she finds out that he isn't the millionaire she mistook him for, our heroine embarks on a spite-fuelled shopping spree and bankrupts.
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The distinction is little more than semantic, and entirely dependent on the antiquated moral system in which marriage alone confers respectability upon women.
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It's probably human nature to take the path of least resistance, but of all the imaginable options for women in the so-called "developed" world, what does it say when gold-digging re-emerges as an ambition for today's discerning young woman?
Girls all over the country aspire, without a hint of embarrassment, to a life of leisure "earned" through marriage. In the space of a few years, Wag has devolved from being a term of derision into a beau ideal.
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COM we give you the chance to make this dream come true by enabling you to meet a wealthy man who will adhere to your specific wants, and treat you with the respect you deserve. Last year, MSNBC reported that in the US seminars 45631 women seeking men being offered "on marrying rich", using "a point system" to help women snag multimillionaires. Classes with titles such as "Gold Digging " are breathing new life into the old joke about women going to university to get an MRS degree.
That title says it all: women are wedding themselves to commodities, because diamonds are a girl's best friend.
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The Russians are going a step further, evidently, with a veritable explosion of books teaching Milf dating in Adona how to catch an oligarch and become a "bitch" to be reckoned with, including Bitches' Table Book, Bitch Seeks Man and The Bitch's Beginner Course. The beginner course for a whole generation of English-speaking women on both sides of the Atlantic was, of course, Sex and the City, a television series that began, like Priceless, with the presumption that Breakfast at Looking for Kansas City and fun nsa is what women really, really want.
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But in both the book and the film, Tiffany's was Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun a symbol of security, a place where "nothing very bad could happen to you".
The modern gold-digger tale takes the metaphor and reduces it to its most crassly literal level. For all that the series Sex and the City insisted it was about women trying to juggle careers with romance, its opening voice-over was a string of longing references to stories about women who use sex to get ahead: "Welcome to the age of un-innocence. No Chili-WI interracial sex has breakfast at Tiffany's, and no one has affairs to remember.
Instead we have breakfast at 7am, and affairs we try to forget as quickly as possible. Self-protection and closing the deal are paramount. Cupid has flown the co-op. How the hell did we get into this mess?
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In his novella, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote has Holly Golightly describe the distinction she makes between herself and "whores": "Some of them may have an honest tongue but they all have dishonest hearts. I mean, you can't bang the guy and cash his cheques and at least not try to believe you love. The immense success of Sex and the City has shocked Hollywood with the unsuspected fact that women-and Sex in Oswego sc women at that!
With such an attitude, it's hardly Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun that Sex and the City represents the best on offer. The belated UK opening of Priceless, which was released two years ago, looks like an attempt to capitalise on the Sex and the City effect. Since Priceless is French, it responds to its heroine's choices with a little Gallic shrug.
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In fact, it can't think of any other choices. In a climactic scene in which her erstwhile sugar daddy locks her out of their hotel room on Lady seeking real sex GA Warrenton 30828 French Riviera, our heroine is left shivering for a few hours in a bikini by the pool, before being rescued, at which point she says tragically: "I can't Ladies seeking hot sex Fogelsville on.
The pool was too tough. I can't end up like that. I'd rather The idea that shivering by a pool in a bikini constitutes the acme of suffering says it all. And I'm not. It's an odd experience watching a film in denial, much like seeing a person in a destructive relationship: Sex and the City doesn't think it's about gold-digging, but its women have only two interests, which it announces in the film's opening frames: "labels and love".
The more the film insists that it is about true love, the more it offers a vision of happiness defined by a rich man giving a woman a beautiful apartment, a giant closet and shoes.
The TV series was considerably more realistic, and less insulting, in its assessment of its Sweet women wants hot sex Allentown Bethlehem desires.
When Carrie first met Mr Big, in the early episodes of the show, she described him as "major tycoon, major dreamboat, and majorly out of my league". The series regularly poked fun at ladies who lunch, but the film has transformed all four of its aspiring middle-class career girls into a retrograde Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun of high society.
It's a depressing spectacle, in large part because Sex and the City has defined aspirational femininity for a whole generation of women. Until Sarah Jessica Parker made them an object of desire, Woman looking real sex Agate middle-class women hadn't even heard of Manolo Blahniks; Sex and the City gave shoes a new iconic status as must-have accessories, but it knew they were just accessories.
It's not a film; it's a magazine come Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun life. The only woman whose means of support doesn't relate to sex, Miranda, is also far and away the unhappiest and least glamorous of the three, living in exile in Brooklyn with the least-attractive partner, and with the least-luxurious lifestyle.
According to the story's value system, this makes her the least successful of the. The TV show began with the premise that women came to New York for careers; the film says that they came to New York for labels.
In 10 years, that's how much ground we've lost in the depiction of women. Welcome to the brave new world of postfeminism, in which life is defined by transactions. It's no accident that these stories are all sold as feel-good romantic comedies, because comedy is the escape clause: it's just entertainment, it's a fairy tale about desire, and anyone who objects to it is a humorless, priggish killjoy.
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So to be clear: I'm all for divertissement, I love romantic comedies, and I'm not suggesting the films would have been improved by turning to Karl Marx for inspiration. But I'm disheartened by the fact that the romantic comedies of the s - films such Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun The Thin Man, The Awful Truth, Bringing Up Baby - have a more robust and progressive idea of what it means to be a woman.
Nor am I immune to competitive consumption - far from it: my shoe collection is something to behold, but it's not all I think. Taking feminism for granted, Beautiful women wants nsa Hopewell standards have slipped, and we permit ourselves to be patronised: a Warner Bros studio head has responded to the success of Sex and the City with "Bring on the sequel, girls.
We're told that women today can "choose" Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun Horny Lakewood pussy want: and yet increasingly we are presented with stories in which the only profession they choose is the world's oldest. As Kate's father asked in Blackadder 20 years Women want sex East Berlin "Why go to London when you can make a fortune lying flat on your back?
Twenty years ago, Mike Nichols' hit film Working Girl, with its punning title and plot that punished ball-breaking career women while rewarding whispering blondes "with a mind for business and a bod for sin" opened the doors to jokes about what professional women were really working at.
But it was Pretty Woman Seeking gold digger Australia gal for summer fun kicked off the orgy - equating shopping with love, and making heroines out of whores. These stories sell themselves as Cinderella tales, but really they are about the ugly stepsisters who were spoiled, entitled, vain, and shallow. Cinderella was a hard worker. This group included young men, and overall the survey found that nearly twice as many men as women would marry for money.
So Casual sex in Punta Gorda are all the films about male gold-diggers? The hapless waiter in Priceless becomes a gigolo because he's a victim of love, far too naive and romantic to engage in such meretricious dealings on his.
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So no more gold-digging? We made two mistakes in our references to Sex and the City. The opening line of the television series was not "Cupid has flown the coop", but "Cupid has flown the co-op". This has been corrected. We said of the film: "Although the women's professions were never at the ames ia wife swapping of the series, the movie has gone a step further: three of the four former women now support themselves via their relationships".
That should have been "three of the four former career women". This has also been corrected.