Although one would think we'd hang up the whole Scary Sadshaw* thing by now (with the occasional exception of a bittersweet Julia Allison oeuvre here and there), this is clearly not the case. Since the show ended its run, there's been one article per year or so about the increased alcohol consumption of "upwardly mobile" professional women (like this one in 2009 or this one in 2010) and generally the not-so-discreet charm of the Cosmo-addled ladies on HBO's bourgeoise guilty pleasure of yore continues to take much of the blame. It's irritating. Here's another, courtesy of the Telegraph, in which the following phrases are used to distinguish the problem of "successful lady drinking" from successful man drinking:

  • "cocktail and business card culture"
  • Sex And The City culture
  • British Margarita culture
  • "ladettes"

But really, what it actually is, is that when single profesh ladies are at home with their Snuggies, an IV of cheese dripping into their arms and the SATC box set, the subliminal messages in the jaunty theme music actually induces a 28 Days Later-type zombie affliction that makes them do whatever Carrie and company do. We actually have bucket lists on our walls—not, like, on paper, I mean written directly on our walls, a la mad genius scribbles—of all of the character arcs in the ninety-eight episodes. At this point, I have checked off almost all of them except "hook up with Craig Bierko's porkpie hat" and "get crabs."


Where's my Entourage Increases Men's Cocaine Consumption trend piece? Where's my How To Make It In America Increases Men's Desire To Design Jeans trend piece? Oh, that's right, those shows are over and men can think for themselves.

*Scary Sadshaw (n): coined by decidedly non-Carrie-emulating former Gawker editor Emily Gould, whose subsequent career of unapologetic confessional pieces (one could argue) set a precedent for fellow tattooed personal-life-cannibalizer (no cute alliteration for that one) Lena Dunham and Girls, and now we're blaming Girls for How Women Are Now. Chain of pain.


Professional Women 'Drink Twice As Much' [Telegraph UK]

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