Do people still read Archie comics? They were certainly very popular when I was young and entire generations of middle-class Indians grew up believing that the US was stuck in a late 1950s time warp where cheery local restaurateurs ran hamburger and milkshake joints, where college kids wore jerseys with initials on them, and nobody had sex at university.
I wrote, a few weeks ago, about one difference between the sexes in this age of androgyny and gender equality: the attitude to hairdressers. Now, I think I’ve found another one: Sex and the City. We’ve always divided popular culture into gender-based categories. Superman, Batman and Terminator are boys’ movies. Weepy films and such TV soap operas as The Bold and the Beautiful appeal mainly to women.