The Slogan for Carrie's Column on the Bus Bugs Me a Lot

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For the 20th anniversary of Sex and the City—which premiered on HBO on June 6, 1998 and went on to become iconic prestige television—Jezebel is doing a week of posts dedicated to our favorite band of sexual women friends.

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You know in the beginning of every episode of Sex and the City, a city bus goes by and splashes Carrie and she sees that, whoa, it’s her face on the side of that bus and in a way, her own vanity was the architect of her discomfort, a theme that will no doubt play out if not in the episode you’re about to watch, then certainly over the course of six seasons? The bus, splashing her, is like:

Carrie Bradshaw knows good sex*

*(and isn’t afraid to ask)

The implication of this slogan seems to be that Carrie is such a great journalist and and sexual woman that she both reports on and has good sex. Incredible idea for a TV show and a column. Love it. Watched all six seasons. But I’ve got a minor grievance: the parallelism of this column’s slogan doesn’t work. There need to be two additional words after “ask” for the slogan to make grammatical sense and this has bugged me for a long time. So much that it almost turned me off completely, and nearly kept me from the pleasure of watching four sexual friends who are afraid of the human butthole enjoy unencumbered adulthood and hot new restaurants.

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I know I’m being a stickler here, but how hard would it have been to write “ask for it” or “about it” after “ask”? It’s a fake poster on a fake show? They could have just done it?

This has been A Minor Grievance.

Kelly Stout is Jezebel's features editor.

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I agree that this is a really clunky slogan that doesn’t make much sense, but I think it’s supposed to be a reference to the book/movie “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask)”. It’s still pretty clunky but maybe makes a little more sense in that context?