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If you were too busy watching Jules & Mimi to catch the news, Miranda-- er, Cynthia Nixon -- is running for governor of New York. And the infamous Instagram fan account @everyoutfitonsatc has found the perfect way to fund raise for her.
If you've taken one of the thousands of "Which Sex and the City character are you?" quizzes and gotten Miranda Hobbes, it's not always something you'd want to plaster on a t-shirt. People typically want to be the romantic, Manolo Blahnik-styled Carrie, or the sex pistol Samantha, even the delicately gorgeous wasp-turned-Jew Charlotte.
Not Miranda. The girl with the butch haircut? The girl who pretended to be a lesbian because she couldn't get a date to the couples-only networking dinners? The girl who fell, strained her neck, and got stuck, naked on the bathroom floor, only to be rescued by her best friend's boyfriend?
Seemingly, Miranda brought the least amount of sex to Sex and the City.
But, let's get back to the t-shirt. 'We Should All Be Mirandas' is a $32 parody of the $710 Dior 'We Should All Be Feminists' crewneck -- a price Miranda Hobbes would never let you pay. Like Hobbes, the shirt is accessible, affordable, and chooses to win the world over with its perspective rather than style (throws shade at Charlotte, Samantha, and Carrie.)
Mirandasolidarity.com, which sells the tee, explains:
It's hard being a Miranda in the age of Trump and $700 feminist slogan tees. But if Mirandas ruled the world, the world would be a considerably less fucked up place. We should all be Mirandas: smart, pragmatic, ambitious and unafraid to eat cake out of the garbage. And now you can pay homage to the sanest member of the squad with our "We Should All Be Mirandas" tee. At $32 it's a full $678 cheaper than a certain ubiquitous designer tee, plus all of the hottest celebs are wearing it! And we're donating 15% of the proceeds to the Cynthia Nixon's gubernatorial campaign, because it's the Miranda thing to do.
Women everywhere are buying the shirt and its message.
\u201cI always adored Cynthia Nixon, she was always my fave in SATC. Now that she is running for New York Governor so wish I was still living in New York! We should all be Miranda\u2019s \n#newyork #weshouldallbemirandas #Governor #CynthiaNixon #CynthiaNixonForGovernor\u201d— Cathy Young (@Cathy Young) 1521570620
\u201cDear New York... Cuomo is just not that into you. @CynthiaNixon #CynthiaforNewYork #MirandaHobbes #WeShouldAllBeMirandas\u201d— hi. \ud83d\udc4b\ud83c\udffd\ud83d\udc69\ud83c\udffe\u200d\ud83d\udcbb\ud83d\udd4a (@hi. \ud83d\udc4b\ud83c\udffd\ud83d\udc69\ud83c\udffe\u200d\ud83d\udcbb\ud83d\udd4a) 1521494754
So why are women wishing they were Miranda Hobbes and that she was running not just the city, but the state? Because we really should all be Mirandas -- and elect them too.
Nixon has been an activist for education, LGBT rights, and fixing the damn subway for years. She's a viable candidate who should not be diminished to her iconic Sex and The City character. But, it's still not hard not to imagine it's Miranda Hobbes running.
Of all the girls in the groundbreaking series, Miranda is the one who would run for governor in her fifties. The practical, professional, Harvard-educated corporate lawyer who loves New York City and not a fantastical image of it is a qualified political candidate. And of all the Emmy-winning performances on the show, Nixon's was the most empowering for women in general.
She would never take a lobbyist's money.
Miranda is a self-sufficient gal; she bought her own apartment in New York and has never taken a handout from any man. She even tells Carrie not to take Big's money to buy her aparentment, offering to loan her hard-earned funds to her charity-case friend. Miranda Hobbes Esq. dug her way out of student debt from Harvard Law, and doesn't need the NRA's money to provide for herself.
It seems Nixon is on the same page:
\u201cNixon's campaign just released their data: \n\n\u2014 In one day, Nixon had 2,214 contributions of less than $200\n\u2014 Since 2011, Cuomo has had 1,369 such small donations https://t.co/3ypiyRXPRU\u201d— Shane Goldmacher (@Shane Goldmacher) 1521727810
She doesn't let us stay with guys who are bad for us.
In the Trump era, we've been choosing lot of men (particularly politicians) who don't deserve us. You think Big was bad? America's boyfriends are unqualified, short-tempered, and have horrible spray tans. White women elect people who are against our own interests and don't respect us, like Donald Trump and Mike Pence. We keep congressmen who would rather defend guns then our safety in office. Hell, we even have given control to Republican House members who think a $450K salary is middle class!
They don't care about our needs, environment, or human rights. Miranda, the only character to call Carrie out on her lack of self-respect in relationships, could give us the wake-up call we need.
She's honest, even when it's hard to be.
Today's politicians lie about everything, from the size of their crowds to the size of their hands. Miranda will tell you how it is, even when the truth isn't glamorous.
Hopefully, with her honesty, humor, and guts, Cynthia Nixon will embody all of Miranda's best qualities. It seems shes' already starting off strong.
\u201c\u201cWhen I announced yesterday that I\u2019m running for gov, one of Cuomo\u2019s top surrogates dismissed me as an \u201cunqualified lesbian.\u201d It\u2019s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there\u2019s a lot of paperwork required.\u201d \ud83e\udd37\u200d\u2640\ufe0f\u201d— Cynthia Nixon (@Cynthia Nixon) 1521676028
ARIEL SOBEL is an editorial assistant at The Advocate. Check out her website at arielsobel.com.