Sex and the City set feminism 'way back', claims Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde

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The hit show with Carrie and Samantha did little for feminism, Chrissie Hynde argues (Image: Unknown)
The hit show with Carrie and Samantha did little for feminism, Chrissie Hynde argues (Image: Unknown)

Sex and the City has set feminism “way back”, Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde claims.

The 71-year-old Don’t Get Me Wrong singer said she considers herself a “feminist through and through” but said shows like the sitcom – which follows the love lives of Carrie Bradshaw and her three girlfriends – have not helped the cause. Chrissie said she thought feminism had been “fixed” when she was a teenager in the 1960s.

She said: “I thought we could move on from that and women could do what they wanted. The big change for me was pre-birth control and after. Only 80 years ago, women might have had 30 pregnancies including miscarriages by the age of 50.

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“I think modern feminists sometimes forget that. Some of the problem since has been what people are watching on television Sex and the City, things like that. That put it way back. I mean, who talks about dating? I never went on a date in my life. In certain areas, of course there’s equality that has to be addressed. But in the arts, I don’t see that.”

The Pretenders appeared at Glastonbury this year and will release new album Relentless next month. Chrissie also told The Observer that ageing feels like “being a pothead again”. She added: “There’s only one thing we know of that is definitely going to happen to us.

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“That’s all the information we have in this life. You know, a lot of my friends didn’t get old. I’m not a worrier, by nature – and there are so many great things about getting older. For example, I don’t think there’s very many things that I know now that I didn’t know when I was 16 – but there’s a big difference between knowing something and realising it. Realising something takes 50 years. I’m more relaxed now.”

Ashleigh Rainbird

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