What I always loved, and think was one of the best parts of the show, is how Samantha (who is the oldest character on the show; she had just turned 50 at the end of the first movie) was always a sexual person, and unapologetic for it, and accepted for it, and it was just a part of her life. It wasn't made out to be unusual or "gross" or weird. It just was. She's "vulgar" and sophisticated and funny and successful and gorgeous and sexual and in her late 40s/50.
So I was thrilled to learn that Kim Cattrall, who plays Samantha, turned down a cover shoot for an unnamed magazine (described as a "prominent magazine directed at women in their 40s") because they wanted her to pose with an actual cougar. I'm guessing the magazine wanted this because Cattrall, and Samantha, are "older" sexual/sexualized women? And therefore "cougars"? Here's what Cattrall had to say about it:
"I really take umbrage to the code 'cougar.' I think cougar has a negative connotation and I don't see anything negative about Samantha and her sexuality, sensuality and choice. I don't think she stands or sits in bars waiting for young men to prey on. And I think that's something that people who are uncomfortable with strong women have labeled her."She also said: "I was asked recently by a significant magazine for women over 40 to pose with a cougar, and I refused to do it because I felt it was insulting. They took away the cover because I refused to do so."
Good for her! For the record, I completely agree that "cougar" has a negative connotation. Pretty much from the second it was coined, the term, and the women it's meant to represent, has been mocked and made fun of. And while I don't agree with every word in this column ("'Sex' and the rise of cougar culture"), I do agree with this: "Of course, the work of Samantha Jones will only truly be done when the term cougar no longer matters."