That's the situation in a highly publicized encounter between Aziz Ansari - victor of a Golden Globe for best actor in the charming Netflix series "Master of None" - and a 23-year old photographer.
Take, for example, "Grace", an anonymous woman who went on a rotten date with comedian Aziz Ansari. "It is necessary and long overdue".
Media ethics experts say it's not easy to determine what constitutes a legitimate story of sexual misconduct in the midst of a social movement that has emboldened people to speak out on subjects once considered taboo. He called her an Uber. His response is that he believed the encounter was "completely consensual". Men like Ansari are aggressive because confidence and assuming attraction on the part of women frequently "works".
If men can't even (and more so aren't expected to) tell when a woman they are consensually engaging in sex with is having an orgasm, how they are going to be taught to understand all of the other signs?
So this latest charge is jarring.
For me as a recently single girl in her 20s who has gotten back into the dating pool, a lot of what "Grace" talks about in her article is relatable to so many women because it is a common experience. Will it fracture the progress made in battling sexual assault? "But part of what women are saying right now is that what the culture considers "normal" sexual encounters are not working for us, and oftentimes harmful".
Liz Wolfe, managing editor of Young Voices, a D.C. -based organization that distributes op-eds by millennials, said the Ansari story gets at the core of what men and women are taught regarding dating, sex and romance. On his Ermenegildo Zegna tuxedo, Ansari wore the Time's Up pin in solidarity with victims of sexual assault and harassment. Could they be next and what would they do?
In it Bunch argues the allegations against Ansari are "nothing like the ugly tales of sexual abuse that have wafted out of Hollywood over the past six months or so" which have given rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. "But do we have language yet for intimate encounters that teeter on the edge of absolute sexual assault/abuse?" she wondered. When a woman says let's slow things down don't put your fingers in her mouth.
"It really does sound like it was a mutual thing, but she thought about it later and she didn't enjoy herself", Allred said. Drawing him into conversation, not accusing him.
"The clinical detail in which the story is told is intended not to validate her account as much as it is to hurt and humiliate Ansari", she wrote. I'm glad she spoke up. She didn't, then blamed him. Hypersensitivity? Overcompensating? Welcome to 2018! Nor is it uncommon to hear people worry, as Flanagan does, that young people are changing the definition of sex and consent, in a way that will eventually outlaw or at least stigmatize numerous interactions we now take for granted.
This is getting a little out of hand.
The unnamed woman said that Ansari began making a move on her that he repeated during their encounter. It should strike the kind of terror that you'd do just about anything to avoid experiencing, including the apparently unthinkable act of asking for permission to keep going. Many #MeToo complaints are valid and serious transgressions, but events like this are why so numerous women are not taken seriously and diminishes the entire #MeToo movement - giving those arguing a "witch hunt" validation. "I want to share this because I think this gives some insight into the caliber of the person who wielded that nuclear weapon at Aziz Ansari's career". I'm not calling a guy a predator for that. She couldn't tell, though, whether Ansari was oblivious to her cues or ignoring them.
Personally, I'm a woman and I don't read vibes. At that point I felt violated.
Ansari has already responded to the allegation by claiming all that took place was "completely consensual" but he is saddened the woman felt uncomfortable. "I don't think that was noticed at all, or if it was, it was ignored".
I'm still confused by the accusation. "They can't quite figure out whether they want to go forward or leave".
Honestly, who hasn't been there at least once?
"You need to draw a line in the sand and say, "None of it is OK". That's the only way to handle things. I've had a few myself. I know it can feel hard to speak up.
You had a bad date, your date got overly amorous.
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