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Aziz Ansari is an asshole, and Caitlin Flanagan is also an asshole

Aziz Ansari standing against a blue background after receiving the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy at the 2018 Golden Globes

The world (or, at least, the part of it that I live in) has been talking about the recent expose by a woman, pseudonymously known as Grace, who went out on a date with comedian Aziz Ansari and ended up getting persistently and aggressively pursued, and aggressively kissed, fingered, and dry humped, plus a weird thing where he kept sticking his fingers down her throat, over her objections. In a statement Ansari released in response, he doesn’t dispute her account of the events of the night — he that he’d thought she was into it. There have been a lot of analyses and responses, many of which I’ll get to later on this blog. But then Caitlin Flanagan decided to jump in — because of course she did — being, as is her way, the fucking worst. So here’s some stuff about “The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari.”

Things to read since I’m not writing

*But first a request: Anyone with an Atlantic Monthly subscription wanna email me the full text of Caitlin Flanagan’s article from this month’s edition?* Lynn Paltrow of National Advocates for Pregnant Women has a fantastic op/ed on TomPaine.com about moving…

Death Is Not An Option

I believe it was the late, lamented Spy that used to run a feature called ‘Death Is Not An Option.” The idea being that you had to choose between two equally bad options for sex — and death was not…

Oral Fixation

An economist tries to explain the rise in oral sex among teenagers. Thankfully he doesn’t get all Caitlin Flanagan on us, but his hypotheses aren’t exactly ground-breaking: Schoolchildren are now bombarded with information about the risks of sex, particularly HIV/AIDS.…

Take-Out Has Killed the Housewife

Back in the good old days, wives knew that there were no “dates.” There was no Olive Garden, no Meg Ryan film. There was just layin’ back and thinking of England. Ah, the golden days! For good reason, Caitlin Flanagan…