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Aziz Ansari story sparks heated debate over #MeToo Movement
Is there a generational divide in the #MeToo movement?
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20 January, 2018

He then performed a sex act on her, apparently consensually. In response to the allegations, Ansari issued a statement, saying: "We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual." . Since the report, Twitter users have overwhelmed the platform with their hot takes. That women have been taught in many ways that one of the worst things you can be to a guy is "a tease" and therefore try their best to let men down gently instead of raging out.

According to the girl, Ansari made sexual advancements despite being told she wasn't willing.

Grace's recollection of the encounter alleges a number of other problematic moments. In the story, she said he allegedly pressured her to have sex, despite her expressing discomfort with the situation through "verbal and non-verbal" cues.

"The notion of affirmative consent did not fall from space in October 2017 to confound well-meaning but bumbling men; it was built, loudly and painstakingly and in public, at great personal cost to its proponents, over decades". They are often so wrapped up in their own sexual experience and it isn't until it is over that they usually pause an ask "did you?" That "yes" does not include me grabbing their breast or their butt. One thing that is self-evident from the reactions to Grace's account is that, whether or not they use the word "assault", just about every woman has had sex that she didn't enjoy, didn't want, and would have opted out of if she felt it were possible. "At that point I felt violated", she said, telling Babe she felt her experience with Ansari amounted to sexual assault.

Actor/producer Aziz Ansari attends the Official Viewing and After Party of The Golden Globe Awards bosted by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association on January 7 in Beverly Hills, Calif. That respect for consent prevents both sexual assault and "bad sex"-and getting rid of either would be an improvement on where we stand now". She also reportedly told Ansari that she didn't want to "feel forced" in the encounter.

The woman responded: "Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me".

But this discussion is being buried because, yet again, people are attacking the accuser's credibility and what she's "done wrong".

I don't know who these people are that are comparing him to those other men, but I haven't seen them. "If a woman doesn't speak up (like Grace didn't) then that's her fault, because she went along with it".

"Otherwise you end up with all these weird cracks in feminism pitting us against each other", she says, "which is not helpful at all".

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But, second, I would say, plainly put, nah.

Putting aside the showbiz hype for a moment, as women we need to think about what happens next. This same culture is being completely ignored in conversations that attempt, for some freakish reason, to decide whether Grace's experience is assault according to the law.

Michael Cunningham, a psychology professor at the University of Louisville, said the Grace/Ansari encounter reflected misunderstandings that may arise due to differences between conventional dating relationships and hook-ups.

Sure, it's true that men are taught by sexual media to be aggressive and persistent, but that has never been an excuse for sexual misconduct and it especially shouldn't be now, because men are aware of it.

"I am not Aziz Ansari's defender - although I think some people think I am - I am a defender of the movement and I am a defender of appropriate justice where it's deserved".

Some prominent women, including Whoopi Goldberg and Ashleigh Banfield, a host on the CNN spinoff HLN, concluded that the story didn't describe sexual misconduct of any kind and lacked newsworthiness. "Her account is pointing out a striking tension between those things and the way she says he treated her in private".

Khouri continues: "Dating is more unsafe for women than men".

Noted feminist author Jessica Valenti tweeted on Sunday, "A lot of men will read that post about Aziz Ansari and see an everyday, reasonable sexual interaction".

Good for her. Takes guts, for a 23-year-old dealing with an older celebrity. A bio that says "proud feminist" could mean they sincerely believe in equality of the sexes, or just that they know they're "supposed" to identify as a feminist by now.


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