Carrie & Co. wouldn’t be caught dead on a bus tour of Manhattan, but the half-day trek to various locations used for Sex and the City—a sex shop, the Meatpacking District, the Magnolia Bakery—has become the guilty secret of misguided fans looking to relive scenes from the HBO show and movie, A. A. Gill writes in Vanity Fair.
“Buying a sex aid because some actress has faked an orgasm on TV with it is evidence that there’s more wrong with your social life than can be fixed by a dildo,” Gill notes after staring down a pile of Rabbit vibrators. The mostly Plain Janes on the tour are missing the point, Gill says. “The storyville they’re looking for doesn’t exist and never did.”