Cat Person

Cat Person

Kristen Roupenian / Jun 18, 2019

Cat Person It was a terrible kiss shockingly bad Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple Books

  • Title: Cat Person
  • Author: Kristen Roupenian
  • ISBN: 147356123X
  • Page: 165
  • Format: ebook
  • It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for ebook Published May 3rd 2018 by Vintage Digital first published December 11th 2017 More Details ISBN 147356123X ISBN13 9781473561236 Edition Language English URL Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Cat Person, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Your Top 5 Reads in 2018 523 books 192 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Feb 21, 2018 Idrissa rated it it was amazing Shelves dafuq did i just read, short stories, new yorker shorts, mindfuckery No rating because reasons On second thought, this deserves all the stars in the world ALSO MANY SPOILERS EVERYWHERE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.So, I m kind of on a short story kick especially from authors I ve either never heard of such as this one or from authors I would give up an ovary for, such as Chimamanda The blurb for this short had me wondering what would happen in the next seven thousand or so words.A New Yorker short story isn t the kind of story where you get fluff It s the kind of No rating because reasons On second thought, this deserves all the stars in the world ALSO MANY SPOILERS EVERYWHERE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.So, I m kind of on a short story kick especially from authors I ve either never heard of such as this one or from authors I would give up an ovary for, such as Chimamanda The blurb for this short had me wondering what would happen in the next seven thousand or so words.A New Yorker short story isn t the kind of story where you get fluff It s the kind of stuff that s discussed in PhD literature classes I think I wouldn t really know I abandoned my IT degree after finishing the coursework and failing a multimedia exam Twice This story pimpled my goose Gooses Geese Fuck it I got goosebumps with the biggest bumps that ever goosed.Meet Margot She works at an artsy theatre I come from what Trump lovingly refers to as a shithole country where we only have ordinary theatres I m not entirely sure what artsy theatre is And she meets a walking, talking paunch called Robert They crack a few jokes Exchange numbers and soon after they go on some kind of semi date, Robert kisses Margot s forehead and she develops a crush.Oy.They then proceed to go through YA angst worthy levels of misunderstandings miscommunications before they finally go out on their first date Poor Robert took her to a Holocaust movie to impress her.The date is awkward, filled with the kind of awkward silences that happen when an African mum finds out she is the one who broke the visitor s flask but she blamed you in front of the visitors leaving you aren t anywhere near ready to forgive her.Margot convinces herself that it s her fault somehow Sheesh.They end up going to a club and she can t get in because she s fucking twenty The other fucker was about to go in and leave her outside but a kind stranger made him aware of the fact that she was abandoned on the sidewalk When he goes back outside to her, she confesses her nervousness and he sheds his whatever the fuck his problem was and he kisses her Finally And it was bad Really bad He kissed her then, on the lips, for real he came for her in a kind of lunging motion and practically poured his tongue down her throat It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing. The fucking fuck And they still shag later because of motherfucking Robert s feelings.The sex was a meeeeeess When Robert was naked, rolling a condom onto a dick that was only half visible beneath the hairy shelf of his belly, she felt a wave of revulsion that she thought might actually break through her sense of pinned stasis, but then he shoved his finger in her again, not at all gently this time, and she imagined herself from above, naked and spread eagled with this fat old man s finger inside her, and her revulsion turned to self disgust and a humiliation that was a kind of perverse cousin to arousal. Fucker of mothers Eventually, she decides to let herself out of the relationship and dawdles when it comes to breaking motherfucking Robert s heart Her roommate thankfully takes matters into her own hands and sends Robert a text demanding that he never texts her again Shortly after, she spots him at a bar morosely staring at a beer and her friends escort her out Robert then bombards her with messages asking her what he did wrong If the guy who was with her at the bar is her new boyfriend Culminating the one sided conversation with Robert calling her a whore Whoa.Cat Person went viral because these encounters seem pretty commonplace for women Terrible sexual encounters are the order of the dates, I guess I really wouldn t know I once dumped a guy for kissing me by darting his tongue in and out of my mouth This Atlantic article explains why this story is very important especially in this day and age.The narration is delightful Easy to follow Kinda quirky Margot isn t particularly likeable but she s in most of us women This story makes me realise that my ancestors had it right They had teachers who would show men and women how to pleasure each other Nowadays, sex is a taboo topic with our films classification board CEO banning condom ads because they used a little pun, I mean CUM ON I find it also heartbreaking that Margot imagined a perfect future boyfriend with whom she would share her misadventures with Robert and they would laugh about it and then she went on to tell herself that he doesn t exist Damn You can read it here flag 56 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 18, 2018 karen rated it really liked it Shelves hey shorty, review projects 2018 WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT boilerplate mission statement intro for the past two years, i ve set december s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar it s not a true advent calendar since i choose all the stories myself, but what it lacks in the element of surprise department it than makes up for in hassle, as i try to cram even MORE reading into a life already overcrammed with impossible personal goals live up to your potential find meaningful work learn to WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT boilerplate mission statement intro for the past two years, i ve set december s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar it s not a true advent calendar since i choose all the stories myself, but what it lacks in the element of surprise department it than makes up for in hassle, as i try to cram even MORE reading into a life already overcrammed with impossible personal goals live up to your potential find meaningful work learn to knit merry merry wheee since i am already well behind in my regular reviewing, when it comes to these stories, whatever i poop out as far as reflections or impressions are going to be superficial and perfunctory at best please do not weep for the great big hole my absented, much vaunted critical insights are gonna leave in these daily review spaces and your hearts i ll try to drop shiny insights elsewhere in other reviews, and here, i will at least drop links to where you can read the stories yourselves for free, which let s be honest is gonna serve you better anyway HAPPY READING, BOOKNERDS links to all stories read in previous years calendars can be found at the end of these reviews, in case you are a person who likes to read stories for free 2016 down for links to this year s stories which i will update as we go, and if you have any suggestions, send em my way the only rules are it must be available free online links greatly appreciated , and it must be here on gr as its own thing so i can review it thank you in advance DECEMBER 18At last, after a frantic rabbity burst, he shuddered, came, and collapsed on her like a tree falling, and, crushed beneath him, she thought, brightly, This is the worst life decision I have ever made And she marvelled at herself for a while, at the mystery of this person who d just done this bizarre, inexplicable thingis story was on my long ago compiled list of stories to read for advent calendar i remembered there had been some sort of buzz around it but i wasn t really paying attention because i knew i wasn t going to be reading it until december and i didn t want to go into it with any sort of borrowed judgment after reading it today, i was curious about the nature of the buzz and went exploring and now i remember why internet is the worst i don t even want to review this because, even though the hype of this story has died down, trolls are forever and i m not someone who relishes faceless online conflicts at all i loved the writing in this story i loved the depth of characterization roupenian developed in her depiction of an emotionally careless, insecure, narcissistic twenty year old girl drunk on her own sexual currency and perceived power as she flirts with an older man she s only half interested in over the course of what, a month or so , feeling hurt when he doesn t seem responsive, rushing headlong into a consummation she initiates, orchestrates and enthusiastically participates in put ting on a show for him, before her self disgust kicks in and she regrets the encounter, rebuffing and avoiding further contact, letting her roommate end whatever relationship was beginning by sending a curt text he seems to take it well until he sees her in a bar one night, resulting in a flurry of increasingly pathetic texts, the last one calling her a whore.i read this story and thought ruefully ah, the follies of youth i apparently read it wrong i m never going to be a contemporary female because i don t always see the female as the victim here s the thing there are assholes who are danger, and there are assholes who are just going to make you feel shitty about yourself and sometimes you deserve to feel shitty about yourself, girl chalk it up as a life lesson and try to do better going forward should he have called her a whore it was impolite, but she hadn t earned politeness ladies, if you slept with a guy and thought things were cool enough that you sent him benign romantic texts afterwards, were ignored for days, and then got a text from him that said, Hi im not interested in you stop textng me, chances are, you would call him an asshole is he literally an asshole no, but you re pissed a man calling a woman a whore for the same behavior is coming from the same place someone is hurt, and lashing out to hurt back welcome to the world of romance it is often really shitty but reading an article about this story quoting a tweet that said we need to talk about all of the nuances of consent in order to fix our broken culture just made me feel so old and exhausted and the author s assertion that this storyspeaks to the way that many women, especially young women, move through the world not making people angry, taking responsibility for other people s emotions, working extremely hard to keep everyone around them happy It s reflexive and self protective, and it s also exhausting, and if you do it long enough you stop consciously noticing all the individual moments when you re making that choice.falls completely flat in the face of the many instances of conscious manipulation and calculated behavior she employs to mold him and his behavior to her designs that s not trying to keep someone happy, it s exerting power over someone else i m not saying the above quote isn t true, but it doesn t describe the character in this story again there are asshole dudes out there who perpetuate legitimate assault and then there s that hazy messy place where two or well meaning people are doing bedroom shit they maybe didn t set out to do, but it all seems to be fine in the fog of sweat and limbs and endorphins and probably booze and maybe there s regret afterwards, but so much of life involves regret and at some point you gotta take responsibility for your own mistakes and misjudgments, whatever your gender when you re twenty or any age, really, but hopefully you ve learned lessons sooner rather than later you re going to make a lot of mistakes, many of them sexual and throughout your life, you re going to sleep with people you wish you hadn t, whether you re a man or a woman, and whatever the gender of the people in your bed do i look back over ma vie sexuelle and, given the chance to redo or rather, re don t think, hm, maybe not that one yesh have i been in the early stages or middle of something and thought, i d rather be reading sure i like reading but the big dealbreaker in this story is that he s just not very good at sex and she s not as into it as she thought she was going to be, when she was getting off thinking of herself seen through his eyes as this fine young thing that this older, chubby furry guy was lucky to have in his bed these two people were not right for each other and there s no crime here, just run of the mill shitty behavior so what you do in a situation like this is you get yourself out of it gracefully and without hurting people by leading them on or hurting people by leaving them without closure grow up, do the right thing you re a good person, but you re not who i m supposed to be with it s sad, but it s respectful and true and no one s left sending unanswered texts into the world, confused and hurt, calling names that s my life lesson try to fuck up as few people as you can on your way through the world and stop laughing about him with your friends not cool, sister and now i ve gone and written a longer review for this than for any other story in this advent calendar so far, so see everyone does stuff they don t mean to do but i am only blaming myselfyway i loved the writing He rolled over and kissed her forehead, and she felt like a slug he d poured salt on, disintegrating under that kiss, but have been made weary by the resulting kerfuffle read it for yourself here DECEMBER 1 DECEMBER 2 DECEMBER 3 DECEMBER 4 DECEMBER 5 DECEMBER 6 DECEMBER 7 DECEMBER 8 DECEMBER 9 DECEMBER 10 DECEMBER 11 DECEMBER 12 DECEMBER 13 DECEMBER 14 DECEMBER 15 DECEMBER 16 DECEMBER 17 DECEMBER 18 DECEMBER 19 DECEMBER 20 DECEMBER 21 DECEMBER 22 DECEMBER 23 DECEMBER 24 DECEMBER 25 DECEMBER 26 DECEMBER 27 DECEMBER 28 DECEMBER 29 DECEMBER 30 DECEMBER 31 come to my blog flag 36 likesLike see review View all 8 comments May 19, 2018 Trish rated it did not like it review of another edition This story made me uncomfortable on so many levels.I read it after reading that it had gone viral online and I was curious to see why Now I wish I hadn t done that Which is funny, considering that the MC, too, wishes she hadn t done something.The story is that of Margot, a 20 year old sopho, who meets Robert while working at a movie theatre It s a story of texting, dating, the different meanings of intimacy and sex, expectations and.I must honestly say that I didn t like Margot I mi This story made me uncomfortable on so many levels.I read it after reading that it had gone viral online and I was curious to see why Now I wish I hadn t done that Which is funny, considering that the MC, too, wishes she hadn t done something.The story is that of Margot, a 20 year old sopho, who meets Robert while working at a movie theatre It s a story of texting, dating, the different meanings of intimacy and sex, expectations and.I must honestly say that I didn t like Margot I might not agree with Robert s last text but that girl needs to get her head straight Yeah, she s young, but there were several points in this story where I couldn t believe she did this or that and I found myself screaming at the screen And a girl who is old enough to have had view spoiler sex with six different people before Robert hide spoiler is also old enough to know how to behave or when things are going too far and calling a stop And yes, despite view spoiler Robert s ultimate reaction to the rejection being bad, it s not really surprising I mean, look at his behaviour throughout the story Anyone surprised at his reaction is either lying or stupid As is often the case, even leading up to rape, the entire clusterfuck could have been avoided easily it might not seem fair to some, but people especially girls need to make smart life choices hide spoiler.So bottom line for me people are incredibly stupid.This should serve as a cautionary tale for many girls and young women, especially considering how many have said they identify with the MC shudders Apart from the story itself, the writing style was also nothing special In fact, it felt like an account leading up to a police report or some students telling each other the story Meh flag 34 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Mar 19, 2018 Khush rated it liked it What is good about the story is that it has generated so much heat This is great for the writer Just on the strength of this story, she seems to have arrived on the literary scene I liked reading it But there are also things that I did not follow I could not help questioning certain aspects of this story.It revolves around Margot who goes on date with a man far older than her She gets disgusted and disconnects herself from him.The guy seems to be a jerk Someone who knows how to flirt and What is good about the story is that it has generated so much heat This is great for the writer Just on the strength of this story, she seems to have arrived on the literary scene I liked reading it But there are also things that I did not follow I could not help questioning certain aspects of this story.It revolves around Margot who goes on date with a man far older than her She gets disgusted and disconnects herself from him.The guy seems to be a jerk Someone who knows how to flirt and play with young girls However, once in bed, he acts like a failed clumsy porn star, and not like a concerned lover In other words, he fucks her, but fails to touch her He licks her and inserts his fingers into her, but she is not moved by these probings at all They are in the same bed, but mentally they are on different continents One seek the other, while the other is fully stuck in body parts.One understands Margot, and sees that she is sensitive, intelligent and very aware and of course, this makes her suffer, but this also helps her to resolve the situation.What I also liked about the story that she gets out of the trap quickly, and it is she who sensibly cutsoff contact with the guy It would have been terrible had she chased him knowing well that she was unhappy him This is perhaps central to the story women find it hard to say no even when they know that they must It is actually Margot s friend who does it for her She has her hesitations, her doubts, fear the whole society, in fact, seems to speak through her and tries to regulate her, but she persists and finally succeeds It is this that probably makes the story reverberates with so many.Having known and understood her, I found certain things quite objectionable She falls in love with the guy with the idea of him, she ignores the signs that shows what the guy is like On many occasions, she senses that something is wrong, but she goes all the way to try him out The final decisive experiment is the bad sex When the guy fails, only then she fails him I wondered what would have happened had the sex been great, ecstatic Would she then have moved away from him Or would she, then, instead of dealing with his slights, have transformed them into benign things in her head There were moments early in the story when she feels drawn and charmed by him But she also looks down at him, at his body And this becomes urgent in bed, she cannot stop bashing him in her head for his paunch, his hair, his awkwardness She imagines a future boyfriend who would understand her, and with whom she would insult the guy with a pouch, and then they would laugh and laugh, and share such joyful moments getting joy, happiness by shaming someone s paunch.I would be embarrassed by my own behavior, by my own revulsion to someone s else body who, once, even fleetingly, evoked something like love in me I would have questioned my own rumblings Because his paunch did not appear on him that night Her quest was humane, but she wanders in wrong alleys.It is not a question of she or he when it comes to love I think one should stop when a kiss does not feel right I guess we know this instinctively except for Margot She takes too long, but she finally comes home good flag 19 likesLike see review May 19, 2018 Bradley rated it did not like it Shelves 2018 shelf, traditional fiction So when I was voluntold to read this so my friend could stop feeling so alone, abused, and ashamed of herself for having finished this story, I did it because I felt like it wasn t that much of an investment It s just a short story, I said to myself Published in the New Yorker This is what modern literature is all about outside of my cloistered cozy little comforter of SF F H books WHAT COULD GO WRONG Or is it Wrog Wrong.Sigh.Well, I ll tell you Girl meets older boy, both play out weird So when I was voluntold to read this so my friend could stop feeling so alone, abused, and ashamed of herself for having finished this story, I did it because I felt like it wasn t that much of an investment It s just a short story, I said to myself Published in the New Yorker This is what modern literature is all about outside of my cloistered cozy little comforter of SF F H books WHAT COULD GO WRONG Or is it Wrog Wrong.Sigh.Well, I ll tell you Girl meets older boy, both play out weird little dramas in their head as they circle each other through texting, and then after a very uncomfortable date, they do the nasty.It s just as nasty as you might imagine when it s degrading, full of personal illusions on both sides, including additional characters springing up out of each others heads while having sex BTW, not literally That might have been a cool post modern Fantasy It was just a BAD DATE that made everyone feel nasty and horrible even after subjecting themselves to the expectation The aftermath, avoiding the guy, and the ending texts he sent her was just as ugly as everything else in the story.If I was in the mood for some bad reality and or I had the patience to swallow this realism shite, I might have given this stars because it DID accomplish what it set out to do.I feel like I need to chlorinate a few gene pools and go through a very THOROUGH level 4 contamination rig flag 18 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Feb 25, 2018 Claudia rated it did not like it Shelves shreds of life, loose short stories Cat PersonBy Kristen RoupenianA date gone wrong I don t see why it sparked so many discussions it s one in a miriad dates when you discover the person you thought you like actually you didn t As for his response, most of those rejected feel and act the same true for both parties involved So, nothing out of the ordinary and full of truisms anyway.May be read in New Yorker here flag 11 likesLike see review Jan 13, 2019 Steelwhisper rated it did not like it Shelves 1 bad, ageism, all the beautiful people, ableist, angry sex, arrogant prose, author centric, boring, caution hype, childish Interestingly my former, quite elaborate and scathing, review is gone So let me just reiterate that I have rarely read such an epitome of a misandrist, sexist story written by a woman as this one Something is very awry between American men and women, and it most assuredly is not what the author allows her heroine to lament in her stead The female protagonist is a sexist, fat shaming pig, and the male protagonist has so much of no clue at all, that his intelligence seems to stay within reach o Interestingly my former, quite elaborate and scathing, review is gone So let me just reiterate that I have rarely read such an epitome of a misandrist, sexist story written by a woman as this one Something is very awry between American men and women, and it most assuredly is not what the author allows her heroine to lament in her stead The female protagonist is a sexist, fat shaming pig, and the male protagonist has so much of no clue at all, that his intelligence seems to stay within reach of room temperature Unfortunately the author doesn t write well enough to divorce her own narrative voice, and thus herself, from the story and its protagonists, so she will have to own up to their behaviour Which is disgusting, especially the woman s.Blech.Oh, and the story itself makes no sense at all We live in the 21st century, not in an age of impeccable manners All the female protagonist would have needed to do was say no and leave That is all, and it is extremely hard to realistically conjure such an arsehole before my reading self who d rather fuck someone for manners than simply shrug and leave flag 5 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 20, 2019 Shelli rated it really liked it Recommends it for All men Every woman could write a version of this Recommended to Shelli by The New Yorker Shelves fiction, women girls feministing, society and culture, romance and love, sex and or erotica, shorts collections anthologies, places cultures usa gen or other Here it is the boy girl game as it manifests in the MeToo age, which, by the way, started on Earth right around the advent of the genus Homo.I don t want to accuse my fellow reviewers as being in denial, but I don t see how the scenario in Cat People can possibly not ring familiar to to every man and woman not even just straight who has ever interacted with the opposite sex And I get it if you re a man, you re not the clueless schlub that Robert is if you re a woman, you re not a spine Here it is the boy girl game as it manifests in the MeToo age, which, by the way, started on Earth right around the advent of the genus Homo.I don t want to accuse my fellow reviewers as being in denial, but I don t see how the scenario in Cat People can possibly not ring familiar to to every man and woman not even just straight who has ever interacted with the opposite sex And I get it if you re a man, you re not the clueless schlub that Robert is if you re a woman, you re not a spineless bimbo like Margot N.B That is not how I would describe Robert or Margot, but is the general attitude toward them I m reading in a lot of the reviews But that s not what I think the real denial is about For the women I m sure you re much wiser and compassionate and assertive than Margot, but have you really never gone through with some social or physical interaction with a new prospective boyfriend just because you felt like you d already led him to expect it That he could possibly get peeved if you cut the evening short, and so it might just be easier if you went along to get along And maybe you even had a niggling little nervousness in the back of your mind that there s a chance he could be an axe murderer And for the men Maybe you ve never and would never send that last cluster of text messages that closes out the story After all, you re not a creeper But can you say with 100% certainty that every one of your interactions with women have all been warmly welcomed by them, that you have never made them feel objectified, taken for granted, or pressured into doing anything If so, a few open minded conversations with some exes la the movie High Fidelity might disabuse you of that misapprehension And if you re willing to be fearlessly honest with yourself, can you admit to recalling a time when you knew you had the upper hand in the persuasion game, and used it to your advantage That, ladies and gentlemen, is what this story is all about The author s wasn t fat shaming in creating Robert she s making clear that it s not just the rich, fit, handsome, and charismatic men who have been socialized to wield this power over women successfully She didn t make Margot a snarky, short sighted, and let s face it fairly typical 20 year old as a cautionary tale of who women should be or how they should act so as not to fall victim to the insidious expectations of men on the contrary it happens to the beautiful, the homely, the young, the old, the shy and outgoing alike The common denominator is our society s continual perpetration of toxic masculinity, and it s going to take the Roberts, the Margots, and every last one of us to put an end to it flag 4 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 13, 2019 Jocelyn mel rated it liked it I loved how honest the episode was But I am so shocked that people are relating it to the Me Too movement First of all, our protagonist was not pressured into anything Someone has referenced how women get needled into acquiescence I resent, as a woman, the idea that I m so soft in the head that I can be manipulated that easily The protagonist loved imagining how much this guy wanted her He was hoping she liked him back and was doing the best he knew how This is a story, not, as the auth I loved how honest the episode was But I am so shocked that people are relating it to the Me Too movement First of all, our protagonist was not pressured into anything Someone has referenced how women get needled into acquiescence I resent, as a woman, the idea that I m so soft in the head that I can be manipulated that easily The protagonist loved imagining how much this guy wanted her He was hoping she liked him back and was doing the best he knew how This is a story, not, as the author suggested in an interview, about people who because of the electronic age are not in touch with their bodies and the messiness of life I think it s about how youth is arrogant enough to think that they re rational actors, when in fact, we have egos We want to be wanted We don t want to be rejected We are immature and sometimes we justify bad behavior wanting to break up via text instead of F2F, or calling someone a name when you re humiliated Roupenian captures another aspect of youth very well too how they think that they know a person based on surface attributes or casual details that are not markers of their morality or character That s what kids do they lack patience and wisdom to figure out who an individual is That takes time and insight.This is also a story about our times when we have all the freedom in the world, without much stigma, to hook up when we feel like it Therefore, without the rituals and expectations of dating and courtship, we find ourselves in situations that are fraught with desire, vulnerability, passion and fears That s why courtship existed Structure removes some freedom, but it lends safety But back to the story, there are classic contemporary examples of things I ve felt as a result of not wanting to really be responsible for my passions and my mistakes That s why I liked it it hits the awkward nails on the heads But it wasn t so simplistic that the woman was the hero and the man was the ogre I had a lot of compassion for the man He was being judged for typical, but shallow reasons his belly, his shyness, his vulnerability She had a lot of power during various moments of the story, and she loved it The saddest moment was her lack of self awareness at the bar where all her friends played the little game escorting her out of the bar like she was the President Fun drama But at the poor guy s expense She wondered if maybe she was being a mean girl Good reflection She was.I noticed that she was confused at the end of the affair and I think she was feeling something that comes when you don t feel self respect She is introspective and that leaves space for her to grow up and use that conscience as a guide to being compassionate to others, being courageous enough to be honest, and to do things that lead esteem and not blame It s so easy to make men into a target But they are insecure players too flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Ioana rated it liked it This was a ok, but for someone that s read a lot of questionable YA NA fanfictionnothing to write home about flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 14, 2018 Melissa Stacy rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads, literary prose, short stories This short story is excellent I love it.Published in The New Yorker on December 11, 2107, you can read Cat Person free at this link So good flag 2 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 21, 2018 Mariel rated it did not like it Shelves short fiction The first thing I truly wish I could give negative stars flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Narges added it Don t know what to say somehow felt familiar though, like it could be me flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 21, 2018 Maleficent Chelsea Lord rated it did not like it Less than one star There are far redeemable pitiful cautionary tales out there flag 2 likesLike see review May 27, 2018 Maddy H rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 books, short story Margot is a twenty year old college student who develops a casual, flirty relationship with an older man named Robert over text Margot initially finds the exchanges fun she wants his approval and builds up an image of what he might be based on their harmless interactions When they meet up for a date, expectations crash with reality They don t know each other very well, and their awkward date is plagued by miscommunication and mutual discomfort.Roupenian s story went viral after it was publi Margot is a twenty year old college student who develops a casual, flirty relationship with an older man named Robert over text Margot initially finds the exchanges fun she wants his approval and builds up an image of what he might be based on their harmless interactions When they meet up for a date, expectations crash with reality They don t know each other very well, and their awkward date is plagued by miscommunication and mutual discomfort.Roupenian s story went viral after it was published in The New Yorker, and I found that many people were confused as to why so many millennials related to this story I think that Roupenian uniquely captures the feeling young women often experience in romantic encounters The feeling that young women have to be polite and appeasing at the expense of their own desires The feeling of a romantic encounter seeming inescapable and plagued by immediate regret The feeling that young women don t really have a choice in asserting autonomy over their bodies past a certain point.Robert and Margot have difficulty reading each other before and during the encounter, with Robert largely ignoring Margot s discomfort and growing disgust Margot feels too far in to a situation she initiated Going along with the encounter just seems like the easiest way to get through it Margot s terrible sexual encounter ends the possibility of a relationship with Robert Yet, she still feels anxious about hurting him Their final almost encounter at a bar a few months later culminates with Robert texting Margot a series of insults Both characters seem less inhibited by communicating through text like there was less to lose by constructing an identity, creating the perfect witty response, or saying something awful that couldn t be done face to face flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jul 23, 2018 Erin rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here First, I would like to say that I loved the way this short story was packaged as a little stand alone book I wish this would become a trend I think these little books if priced around 3 would be huge sellers at grocery stores, places like Target and even traditional bookstores There s just something really appealing about this idea, no matter the genre Anyways, all the buzz made me want to read this and it was well written I couldn t sympathize with our character though, because she brough First, I would like to say that I loved the way this short story was packaged as a little stand alone book I wish this would become a trend I think these little books if priced around 3 would be huge sellers at grocery stores, places like Target and even traditional bookstores There s just something really appealing about this idea, no matter the genre Anyways, all the buzz made me want to read this and it was well written I couldn t sympathize with our character though, because she brought the whole thing on herself and did, in fact, act like a slut Big deal it s a bad date There are really easy ways to avoid such things She s gross, honestly.Thinking a little about this, our main character Margot is an idiot She is the one who flirted with this guy, came on to him physically, asked to go home with him, kept making out with him and pretending she was into it when she wasn t and yet he s supposed to be the bad person This is why so many truly dumb girls equate morning after regret with rape I even see equally dumb people in the reviews doing that Not enjoying a sexual encounter that you initiate isn t even in the same ballpark as rape It s pathetic that some girls think it is It s offensive to anyone who has actually ever been raped Believe me, if it really happens to you, you ll know the difference Back to the story, Margot is a complete dolt and I didn t feel sorry for her in the slightest She went out with a guy she wasn t physically attracted to and initiated bad sex and regretted it afterwards Whoopdedoo flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Charlotte rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I read this to see what all the hype was about Although it was funny in places and some of the parts about dating were sort of relatable, I didn t think it was as realistic as people have said it is For example, it was mentioned that the main character a 20 year old had only slept with six men prior to meeting the man in the story, as if that were a low number Of course there s nothing wrong with that, but it s certainly higher than the average for someone of that age The entire story ki I read this to see what all the hype was about Although it was funny in places and some of the parts about dating were sort of relatable, I didn t think it was as realistic as people have said it is For example, it was mentioned that the main character a 20 year old had only slept with six men prior to meeting the man in the story, as if that were a low number Of course there s nothing wrong with that, but it s certainly higher than the average for someone of that age The entire story kind of suggests that the vast majority of young people have no responsibilities, are going out partying every night and hooking up with someone new every week, when that s really not the case I think if I d read something like this when I was younger, it would have made me feel abnormal It s definitely not the realistic look into life as a 20 year old that it s claimed to be flag 2 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Katherine rated it really liked it Shelves adult, new adult, short story, fiction I know this short story created an enormous amount of conflict when it first ran in The New Yorker, but I feel the reason it earned a spot in that publication in the first place is because it feels so shockingly real despite being a fictional story I appreciate the honesty Roupenian revealed in Margot, proving she wasn t perfect, not was she horrible and is so often the case in most lit featuring a female protagonist flag 2 likesLike see review May 21, 2018 Shea Comfrey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Cat Person is so sad, so clever, and feels so true Roypenian can sketch out a budding crush in fewer words than I need to get a bus ticket With incredible dexterity she explores how connections so healthy in our minds and digital spaces can fall apart in the light of day, and how a mixture of hang ups, assumptions and poor communication can lead not just to bad sex but to a gnawing fear that maybe your date never was a cat person after all flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Ceecee rated it really liked it Read this for free on The New Yorker I read this over 24 hours ago and I m still think about it, puzzling over it and trying to work out the many contradictions in the story Margot is 20 and flirts for tips Robert is much older and he doesn t sound very attractive For reasons I still can t fathom she gives him her number and they then engage in a text dance which she finds exhilarating while he seems to play it cool They eventually go on a date which is totally bizarre They are clearly u Read this for free on The New Yorker I read this over 24 hours ago and I m still think about it, puzzling over it and trying to work out the many contradictions in the story Margot is 20 and flirts for tips Robert is much older and he doesn t sound very attractive For reasons I still can t fathom she gives him her number and they then engage in a text dance which she finds exhilarating while he seems to play it cool They eventually go on a date which is totally bizarre They are clearly unsuited and she certainly doesn t really fancy him, doesn t dress up for him, he s a terrible kisser and she recoiled when she sees his hairy body She s clearly playing him as it were but she also shows some sensitivity towards his insecurities describing it as like petting a large and skittish animal Is this why she went through with the sex Margot s attitude towards sex is puzzling as she feels too much is required to stop things She likens this to an ordered meal Whaaat She describes him as being stunned and stupid but she also recognises that he is needy Margot s attitudes post coitus are very odd too as she is clearly self disgusted and humiliated but then she imagines telling a future boyfriend about it and laughing and laughing I couldn t get my head around that at all and I didn t care for how trivial she was making the situation However, this could equally be a defence mechanism and I found it puzzling in an intelligent girl that she didn t just say no as she clearly neither wanted the sex or enjoyed it The story is very clever and very dark It s full of awkwardness but it s meant to be and it s meant to leave you with questions than answers In this age which is driven by technology isn t it interesting that their most meaningful communication was via text Their face to face communication is so awkward at times it s cringe worthy They were definitely engaging in a dance and you aren t sure who s leading at times it s Robert and at others it s Margot Margot s attitude to sex is very questionable and although I didn t like Robert as a character I felt some sympathy for him especially at the end This is a very thought provoking story which is well worth reading especially if you like to mull a story over afterwards In this Me Too age this story will create a really good discussion PS I had to look up what Red Vines are as we don t have them in GB flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Jan 16, 2019 Chinook rated it really liked it Shelves feminism, america I thought this was a very interesting short story It s a good look at some of the darker sides of dating today the age difference, the texting that often drives the getting to know you portion of dating, the constant second guessing of motives and emotions, the bad sex that seems inevitable once it starts, the difficulty of trying to call something off, the shitty way the guy responds to rejection It s the kind of story that if I d read it and discussed it with a group of women in my twentie I thought this was a very interesting short story It s a good look at some of the darker sides of dating today the age difference, the texting that often drives the getting to know you portion of dating, the constant second guessing of motives and emotions, the bad sex that seems inevitable once it starts, the difficulty of trying to call something off, the shitty way the guy responds to rejection It s the kind of story that if I d read it and discussed it with a group of women in my twenties, it really would have resonated and sparked discussion of how to avoid this particular clusterfuck of an experience It s the perfect illustration of why the idea of enthusiastic consent needs to become the norm The perfect illustration of how poor communication can be in datingtps theatlantic technolog There s a link to the story in the article flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 21, 2018 Nadja rated it it was amazing Wow It took me half an hour to read this story, half an hour to change my life It put feelings I have felt often in different shades and nuances in precise words and thoughts feelings I thought were a fault of my character than anything else, and just the price I have to pay for leading the life I desire I can feel how the story has set a thought process in motion that I hope will improve my life in some aspects.In terms of writing skills, the story probably does not deserve 5 stars, a Wow It took me half an hour to read this story, half an hour to change my life It put feelings I have felt often in different shades and nuances in precise words and thoughts feelings I thought were a fault of my character than anything else, and just the price I have to pay for leading the life I desire I can feel how the story has set a thought process in motion that I hope will improve my life in some aspects.In terms of writing skills, the story probably does not deserve 5 stars, as there is definitely room to improve But it deserves 5 stars for the impact I think it will have on my future life flag 1 likeLike see review May 07, 2018 Emma rated it really liked it review of another edition Well, that was dark Admittedly I loved how awkward it made me feel as I was reading it, somehow Roupenian manages to raise a multitude of questions and feelings over contemporary, potentially romantic, interactions between young people I loathe to use the word millennial here by quite simply writing about the pre cursors to, the events of and the aftermath of one pretty terrible date Chilling, raw with an ending that I fear we are all far too familiar with Incredible writing flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Daniel rated it it was ok This is pretty much Lily Savage s joke about drunkenly promising your boyfriend a blow job, then sobering up on the night bus back home.Relatability isn t really a good enough reason to read this, stick with Savage flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 17, 2018 Vampfiction rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s hard for me to relate to this since I haven t ever dated through texting Really don t get that he jumped from being nice to her to calling her a whore Can t understand actually texting or saying that to anyone Do get the thought processes she went through Well written flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment Feb 27, 2018 Alan M rated it really liked it I read this in the New Yorker when the issue came out My biggest surprise was that I finished a piece of fiction in the New Yorker I looked up the author to see if she had written anything else and I came upon all the hoopla about this story I laughed It was a pretty good story, but not great But, everything else in the New Yorker is literary, meaning someone with an MFA has decided it is worthwhile, though it is boring, poorly written and has no real plot This story should be a wake up I read this in the New Yorker when the issue came out My biggest surprise was that I finished a piece of fiction in the New Yorker I looked up the author to see if she had written anything else and I came upon all the hoopla about this story I laughed It was a pretty good story, but not great But, everything else in the New Yorker is literary, meaning someone with an MFA has decided it is worthwhile, though it is boring, poorly written and has no real plot This story should be a wake up call for the New Yorker and the rest of the literati I hope Kristen has a great career because of this story and the hoopla she created I also hope that she sees it for what it is and keeps working hard at her craft, I think she is talented and will write great things, if she keeps on working hard flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Bisquit marked it as dnf DNF at 33% so no rating Yes, I did dnf a short story, it was that bad To put it simply, this story makes me angry If I read it must have hurt Robert s feelings one time, I ll throw my reading tablet out of the window Just kidding, I love my tablet, let me scream into my pillow instead This book is about two people who do talk, but not about the important stuff and what actually counts The female lead once mentions that she really didn t know him at all She never bothered to actuall DNF at 33% so no rating Yes, I did dnf a short story, it was that bad To put it simply, this story makes me angry If I read it must have hurt Robert s feelings one time, I ll throw my reading tablet out of the window Just kidding, I love my tablet, let me scream into my pillow instead This book is about two people who do talk, but not about the important stuff and what actually counts The female lead once mentions that she really didn t know him at all She never bothered to actually find out , when he seemed silent angry she simply assumed it was her fault, either because he felt he failed to stand up to her expectations, which she obviously didn t really voice either, or some other reason that s just as likely als unlikely Did she ever ask Or jokingly ponder I mean, they apparently joked a lot via text Also, they hardly know each other, so it s about small stuff, like why did he choose that crappy film and such She developes a crush on him as an ideal, not as he was And from what I read from the other reviews, he apparently didn t take it that well, either, when she broke it off with him Which I understand, too, if you get told off via text after having fun with a person, probably thinking she had fun, too, when actually she literally almost never tells him how she feels, what she thinks, never tells him when she dislikes what he says does, even when it s offensive and she dislikes it Some people think the other one had a great time, too, and wonder what s wrong It happens People aren t as observant as everyone always thinks It may seem that I blame the female lead here, but as a matter of fact, both are similarly flawed and imperfect This short story is all about not communicating, badly communicating and then thinking everything is fine when it s not The female lead is simply so infuriating, it s incredible She s the extreme of every single person who never said what they wanted and simply accepted everything they got, even if they weren t happy with it, thinking it made the other one happier.And that s a personality trait I hate with passion flag 1 likeLike see review View 2 comments Feb 17, 2018 Facundo Martin rated it it was amazing If you haven t read it, you should It s not often that a short story goes viral, and this 7000 word piece captured attention spans used to 160 characters for good reason Published in the wake of the MeToo movement, it portrays a realistic romantic encounter that sparked discussion about sexuality, power dynamics, consent, porn culture, body image, and a long list of etceteras Of course, writing about an important topic doesn t necessarily make something worth reading Cat Person is also good If you haven t read it, you should It s not often that a short story goes viral, and this 7000 word piece captured attention spans used to 160 characters for good reason Published in the wake of the MeToo movement, it portrays a realistic romantic encounter that sparked discussion about sexuality, power dynamics, consent, porn culture, body image, and a long list of etceteras Of course, writing about an important topic doesn t necessarily make something worth reading Cat Person is also good literature For a short story to work, everyone should feel compelled to finish it in one sitting With its neat and linear anecdotal style, Cat Person does just that.If you have read it or don t mind spoilers In Mandarin, yan1 mu4 means smokescrean or diversion Perhaps, you could say that, just like Mu and Yan, Robert s two absent cats, his tenderness towards Margot when he kissed her forehead was a facade Perhaps he s just the entitled, possessive prick who texts whore He might be a dangerous stalky creep But Robert has many layers than that He s a realistic character who objectifies women but also has a caring and a vulnerable side to him Chauvinistic culture makes both victimizers and victims out of men And the fact that Margot had such an awful experience with someone who, for long stretches of the narrative, seems like a fundamentally decent person, makes it all the saddening Because we don t seem to care about fixing a culture that makes otherwise decent people disregard others feelings and half unwittingly do things that disgust them Because voices and experiences like Margot s are often not heard or dismissed The third person limited perspective is obviously the right choice for this story In Mandarin, yan3 mu4 also means eyes And it is through eyes like hers that we have to get used to seeing stories like hers, in dimly lit rooms to which our eyes have to adjust.I re read this story to analyze what made it work stylistically It has some frayed threads at the seams adverbs e.g to say flatly, suggest boldly, etc that look like shortcuts to writing Other than that, it s very sound storytelling The sentences are on the long ish side, the dialogues sound contrived but are effective and funny Driven by simple, present day language, humour and sarcasm are used frequently to maintain interest in the anecdote This simple, real language also appears when we peak into Margot s mind, whereas a literary language is reserved for descriptions of setting, physical appearance, etc flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment May 12, 2018 Lydia rated it it was amazing Shelves realistic, favorites Read it here was linked to the short story after reading The New York Times s When Saying Yes Is Easier Than Saying No following the incredibly timely, incredibly necessary, and incredibly real 45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus Cat Person certainly touched a nerve not only in me, but also in my generation As the words squarely placed my feet in Margot Read it here was linked to the short story after reading The New York Times s When Saying Yes Is Easier Than Saying No following the incredibly timely, incredibly necessary, and incredibly real 45 Stories of Sex and Consent on Campus Cat Person certainly touched a nerve not only in me, but also in my generation As the words squarely placed my feet in Margot s shoes, it became obvious that I understood her story because it s also my story These are the narratives that young women and men everywhere have experienced, and they form an entirely essential part of the social and cultural revolution today Margot s mental reluctance to continue to engage in any activities with Robert, and in fact physical revulsion, point to a troubling grayness in defining terms like enthusiastic consent her inability to cut short both her date and relationship with Robert, for fearing of upsetting him, signal a troubling aspect of our society s entrenched and inescapable gender norms that teach women to be kind and men to be assertive And Robert s final analysis of the encounter and of Margot, all comprised of his personal fantasies and fears and cumulating in the word whore , illustrate a very real misogyny that exists in our everyday interactions, even when not quite as verbalized flag 1 likeLike see review May 22, 2018 Vanyo666 rated it really liked it The point of the story may well be that you never know if you actually like anyone by texting, and that going from that to intimacy is bound to be a disaster unless you are some kind of total Adonis.Sure, the guy is older and slightly paunchy , but it s she who insists on going to his place, ostensibly to have sex three beers talking She is even given the easy way out and does not take it And then she loathes the guy for being slightly fat, a bad kisser and a poor f It is an interes The point of the story may well be that you never know if you actually like anyone by texting, and that going from that to intimacy is bound to be a disaster unless you are some kind of total Adonis.Sure, the guy is older and slightly paunchy , but it s she who insists on going to his place, ostensibly to have sex three beers talking She is even given the easy way out and does not take it And then she loathes the guy for being slightly fat, a bad kisser and a poor f It is an interesting point about how he seems to objectify her, but isn t she doing the same He behaved like in a porno all the time and did not seem to realize her discomfort and lack of pleasure But she has objectified him as being fundamentally loathsome and disgusting because he is not beautiful and fit.The key point seems to be how she is unable to turn back on her poor decision of getting him to bed Whatever the reason, she did not want to be there any , and anything he would have done would have been wrong I thought she came across as a total dick with the way she behaves afterwards, hiding behind her friends So it is really not surprising how he finally reacts to all the mistreatment Him calling her a whore finally seems to justify all of her aprehensions and rejections of him, but they were the cause.Oh, and the cats who never show up, that s interesting too Now, did I get it all wrong, girls flag 1 likeLike see review View 1 comment previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed I graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 A few weeks later, I left for Kenya with the Peace Corps, where I spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education at a small orphans center a few hours from the Ugandan border During that time, I began learning Swahili and first encountered the literary magazine that later became the focus of my dissertation Once I returned home, I worked as a teacher s aide, a cashier at a bookstore, a freelance reporter, a nanny, and a research coordinator at Mass General Hospital before enrolling in the PhD program in English at Harvard in the fall of 2007.My primary field of study is postcolonial and transnational literatures, with an emphasis on contemporary African fiction My dissertation, Dodging the Language Question English, Politics, and the Life of a Kenyan Literary Magazine, investigates the artistic and linguistic strategies employed by the literary magazine Kwani during a period of intense social and political upheaval Since I ve been at Harvard, I ve been lucky enough not only to be able to return to Nairobi to continue my research, but to invite the editor of Kwani to campus to speak before an enthusiastic gathering of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty Last summer, I also received a grant to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I volunteered at the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival and met a wide range of talented artists from from all over eastern and central Africa One of the most rewarding opportunities I ve had during my time here has been working as a research assistant for Caroline Elkins when she served as an expert witness on behalf of Mau Mau veterans who are suing the British government because of atrocities committed during the colonial period You can read about that fascinating subject here and here.My teaching philosophy, which emphasizes clarity, cultural sensitivity, and ethical engagement, stems directly from my time as an educator with the Peace Corps In addition to my two junior tutorials for English majors How to Write About Africa and The New Global Novel I ve worked as a TF in a variety of departments and programs at Harvard, including English, African and African American 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    Cat Person The New Yorker Cat Person It was a terrible kiss, shockingly bad Margot had trouble believing that a grown man could possibly be so bad at kissing It seemed awful, yet somehow it also gave her that tender feeling toward him again, the sense that even though he was older than her, she knew something he didn t. Why Cat Person went viral The Washington Post Cat Person, the New Yorker short story by Kristen Roupenian that took over Twitter this weekend, is about plain old humans Margot and Robert, a college aged woman and an older man who meet Cat Person the uproar over the New Yorker short story Where Cat Person is acclaimed, it s mostly for the eerie accuracy in depicting what dating is like for a year old woman. Cat Person Cat Person Cat Person is a short story by Kristen Roupenian It was published in December , in The New Yorker and went viral online. Why the New Yorker Story Cat Person Went Viral The Into this steps Cat Person, a New Yorker fiction story by Kristen Roupenian that explores how badly people can misread each other, but also how frightening and difficult sexual encounters Cat Person in The New Yorker A Discussion With the Dec , Cat Person focuses on two characters, Margot and Robert, who begin to construct a relationship through texting and eventually go on something resembling a date. Men React to Cat Person MenCatPerson Twitter The latest Tweets from Men React to Cat Person MenCatPerson they have thoughts Cat Person the short story that launched a thousand Cat Person the short story that launched a thousand theories It is perhaps the most talked about short story ever, apart from maybe Annie Proulx s Brokeback Mountain also published in the New Yorker, in or The Lottery by Shirley Jackson which graced the magazine s pages in . Cats React to Cat Person The Cut This weekend, the New Yorker short story Cat Person took over Twitter, and everyone seemed to have their own hot take.But how did cats feel about it Kristen Roupenian on the Self Deceptions of Dating The The writer discusses Cat Person, her short story in this week s issue of the magazine. Cat Person and the Impulse to Undermine Women s Fiction Cat Person is a good and striking story Rather than hovering in the realm of high brow escapism, it dives down into the messy muck of life the confusion of social signals, the cheerful Cat Person Author, Kristen Roupenian, Gets Figure Book Dec , Kristen Roupenian, the author of Cat Person, a fiction piece in The New Yorker that became a viral phenomenon, has agreed to a two book deal. Why Cat Person, a New Yorker short story, is essential Even if you haven t read the New Yorker short story that went viral recently, you probably have an opinion about it Cat Person is Kristen Roupenian s short story about a year old Why You re a Dog Person or Cat Person bestlifeonline Being a cat person or a dog person feels like one of those things that s merely coincidental some people just know they prefer the company of cats, while others love having Man s Best Friend at Things Being A Cat Person or Dog Person Reveals About Things Being A Cat Person or Dog Person Reveals About You and what the research says about which you should date, hire, or befriend Posted Jan , Men on Seeing Themselves in Cat Person The Cut Soon after Kristen Roupenian s New Yorker short story Cat Person became a viral sensation, a Twitter account called Men React to Cat Person began compiling male responses gleaned from Facebook and Twitter But, of course, the conversations that the story sparked including reactions from, yes, men were than just a punchline. Cat Person Story Sparks Intense Gender Discourse on Cat Person Short Story Sparks Intense Gender Discourse on Twitter But where are all the cats Truth About Cat People and Dog People Personalities The Typical Dog Person If dogs tend to be energetic, faithful, and easy to get along with, well, so do the people who love them But survey author and psychologist Sam Gosling, PhD, admits that the differences between cat and dog people aren t huge. Kristen Roupenian, author of Cat Person, writes about days agoWhen Kristen Roupenian s short story Cat Person went viral months ago, the Harvard alumna Ph.D in English and young author found the experience much like the topics she likes to write about disconcerting and anxiety provoking A Cat Person The short story people are talking about BBC A fictional short story published in a magazine is being shared widely online as social media users discuss how much it relates to modern day dating Published in The New Yorker Cat Person by

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        I graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 A few weeks later, I left for Kenya with the Peace Corps, where I spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education at a small orphans center a few hours from the Ugandan border During that time, I began learning Swahili and first encountered the literary magazine that later became the focus of my dissertation Once I returned home, I worke I graduated from Barnard College in May of 2003 A few weeks later, I left for Kenya with the Peace Corps, where I spent two years teaching Public Health and HIV education at a small orphans center a few hours from the Ugandan border During that time, I began learning Swahili and first encountered the literary magazine that later became the focus of my dissertation Once I returned home, I worked as a teacher s aide, a cashier at a bookstore, a freelance reporter, a nanny, and a research coordinator at Mass General Hospital before enrolling in the PhD program in English at Harvard in the fall of 2007.My primary field of study is postcolonial and transnational literatures, with an emphasis on contemporary African fiction My dissertation, Dodging the Language Question English, Politics, and the Life of a Kenyan Literary Magazine, investigates the artistic and linguistic strategies employed by the literary magazine Kwani during a period of intense social and political upheaval Since I ve been at Harvard, I ve been lucky enough not only to be able to return to Nairobi to continue my research, but to invite the editor of Kwani to campus to speak before an enthusiastic gathering of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty Last summer, I also received a grant to travel to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where I volunteered at the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival and met a wide range of talented artists from from all over eastern and central Africa One of the most rewarding opportunities I ve had during my time here has been working as a research assistant for Caroline Elkins when she served as an expert witness on behalf of Mau Mau veterans who are suing the British government because of atrocities committed during the colonial period You can read about that fascinating subject here and here.My teaching philosophy, which emphasizes clarity, cultural sensitivity, and ethical engagement, stems directly from my time as an educator with the Peace Corps In addition to my two junior tutorials for English majors How to Write About Africa and The New Global Novel I ve worked as a TF in a variety of departments and programs at Harvard, including English, African and African American Studies, and Gen Ed I am currently a tutor in History and Literature, advising junior and senior theses in the postcolonial field I also teach in the wider Boston community in my role as a Community Awareness and Prevention volunteer with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center


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    1. No rating because reasons On second thought, this deserves all the stars in the world ALSO MANY SPOILERS EVERYWHERE YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.So, I m kind of on a short story kick especially from authors I ve either never heard of such as this one or from authors I would give up an ovary for, such as Chimamanda The blurb for this short had me wondering what would happen in the next seven thousand or so words.A New Yorker short story isn t the kind of story where you get fluff It s the kind of No rati [...]


    2. WELCOME TO DECEMBER PROJECT boilerplate mission statement intro for the past two years, i ve set december s project aside to do my own version of a short story advent calendar it s not a true advent calendar since i choose all the stories myself, but what it lacks in the element of surprise department it than makes up for in hassle, as i try to cram even MORE reading into a life already overcrammed with impossible personal goals live up to your potential find meaningful work learn to WELCOME TO [...]


    3. This story made me uncomfortable on so many levels.I read it after reading that it had gone viral online and I was curious to see why Now I wish I hadn t done that Which is funny, considering that the MC, too, wishes she hadn t done something.The story is that of Margot, a 20 year old sopho, who meets Robert while working at a movie theatre It s a story of texting, dating, the different meanings of intimacy and sex, expectations and .I must honestly say that I didn t like Margot I mi This story [...]


    4. What is good about the story is that it has generated so much heat This is great for the writer Just on the strength of this story, she seems to have arrived on the literary scene I liked reading it But there are also things that I did not follow I could not help questioning certain aspects of this story.It revolves around Margot who goes on date with a man far older than her She gets disgusted and disconnects herself from him.The guy seems to be a jerk Someone who knows how to flirt and What is [...]


    5. So when I was voluntold to read this so my friend could stop feeling so alone, abused, and ashamed of herself for having finished this story, I did it because I felt like it wasn t that much of an investment It s just a short story, I said to myself Published in the New Yorker This is what modern literature is all about outside of my cloistered cozy little comforter of SF F H books WHAT COULD GO WRONG Or is it Wrog Wrong.Sigh.Well, I ll tell you Girl meets older boy, both play out weird So when [...]


    6. Cat PersonBy Kristen RoupenianA date gone wrong I don t see why it sparked so many discussions it s one in a miriad dates when you discover the person you thought you like actually you didn t As for his response, most of those rejected feel and act the same true for both parties involved So, nothing out of the ordinary and full of truisms anyway.May be read in New Yorker here


    7. Interestingly my former, quite elaborate and scathing, review is gone So let me just reiterate that I have rarely read such an epitome of a misandrist, sexist story written by a woman as this one Something is very awry between American men and women, and it most assuredly is not what the author allows her heroine to lament in her stead The female protagonist is a sexist, fat shaming pig, and the male protagonist has so much of no clue at all, that his intelligence seems to stay within reach o In [...]


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