Cynthia Nixon When Sex and the City first aired, 20 years ago today, one thing quickly became clear — no one wanted to be a Miranda. My character, Miranda Hobbes , was decidedly un-glamorous. Though Miranda was passionate and ferociously loyal, she could also be judgmental and stubborn. Personally, I never felt that way. I always loved and admired Miranda. I loved Miranda because she was smart and independent and determined. And now, two decades later, it seems the world is coming around to Miranda,— too.
She took issue with the idea that wife and mother were prerequisites for a full life and she refused to let societal norms dictate her destiny.
She faced down catcalls and sexual harassment before social media gave us a space to share our stories. While I admired Miranda, I didn't exactly identify with her — at least not at first. People would often ask me how she and I were similar. I learned not to be scared of confrontation from Miranda, and I became more empowered in my own life as I stepped into the world of political activism.
At the same time, she softened and grew to appreciate who she was outside of her work, becoming a mother and partnering with a husband who embodied the domestic qualities that she decidedly lacked.
Through it all, Miranda boldly defined womanhood on her own terms. She never apologized for her success, her seriousness, or her sexuality, and she shared a special sisterhood with women who were different from her without wavering on who she was or demanding that they do the same. In this moment, women all over America are rising up — saying MeToo and TimesUp for sexual harassment, organizing marches, running for office in historic numbers , and fighting against sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression.
Advertisement Women are not only leading the fight against economic injustice — we are also the ones overwhelmingly shouldering its burden. To be clear, Miranda Hobbes is not the perfect feminist role model. As the feminist movement continues to evolve, our feminism must be intersectional. What does it mean to be a "Miranda" in ? For me, it means taking my passion for justice in all spaces — education and criminal justice reform chief among them — and working to make my home state of New York a better place for all.
I think Miranda would support Cynthia Nixon for governor , and I hope you will too. Cynthia Nixon is running to be the governor of New York. Views expressed here are her own.