Ashleigh Banfield Trades Barbs Over Aziz Ansari Allegations

Ashleigh Banfield Trades Barbs Over Aziz Ansari Allegations

Ashleigh Banfield Trades Barbs Over Aziz Ansari Allegations

I would also tell her that we need to be clear about the difference between sexual assault and horny dudes who move too fast on dates.

That's the debate now raging in the wake of the "Master of None" star responding to an allegation of sexual assault by a woman he went out on a date with last fall.

Many women also felt the allegations were compounded by the fact that Ansari has a history as a feminist ally.

If the story did happen, then Aziz Ansari sexually assaulted a woman. What if we can't agree on the difference between a bad date and sexual misconduct?

I was young once, unsure of myself. Rachel Thompson of Mashable explained: "The responses to the woman's story are peppered with the word "should.' She should have said no ..." But they also know that we are collectively invested in a social script wherein men push to get sex until women acquiesce. By your own clear description, this was not a rape, nor was it a sexual assault.

Banfield added: "So what exactly is your beef?" What if he's guilty of being a total cad who is a really bad date?

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The Aziz Ansari you see in public is different from the Aziz Ansari you might meet in private.

"What you have done in my opinion is appalling". That's not the way we have those conversations as women or as men. So what should the movement make of such an accusation? "You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all of my sisters in the workplace, have been dreaming of for decades".

"All of the gains that have been achieved on your behalf and mine are now being compromised with the allegations you threw out there, and I'm going to call them "reckless and hollow".

Banfield's take has received a mixed response online, with some praising her for her no-nonsense approach, and others saying she missed the point. This aggression exists on a continuum, from acts that aren't terribly violent but still constitute legal sexual assault (such as Ansari's behavior toward Grace) to acts that culminate in murder. Ansari apologized to the woman and, in a statement, said that the activity "by all indications was completely consensual". She says it was after they got dressed and started watching an episode of "Seinfeld" that "it really hit me that I was violated". "It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned", he said. Grace's account does not necessarily mean that Ansari is no longer the woke bae we thought he was, or that he's no longer qualified to be a dating expert.

The anonymous woman had described their date in detail in the story on Saturday, claiming the actor had pressured her for sex at his apartment over the course of the night while they were on a date. By now men are aware of the fact that women often remain silent when we are uncomfortable or upset, and that reaction is the result of us being taught-by men, yet again-that if we aren't silent or if we protest, we could be met with violence, arguments or labels like "crazy" or "irrational" or "bitch".

Grace then alleged Ansari began performing oral sex on her and asked her to do the same to him.

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The woman claims he stuck his fingers down her throat and allegedly kept moving her hand towards his penis. She couldn't tell, though, whether Ansari was oblivious to her cues or ignoring them.

"I know I was physically giving off cues that I wasn't interested". After that, she became increasingly uncomfortable with the date and chose to leave. I'm frankly not sure that a public shaming is the best way to drive that lesson home. "This was not what I expected".

She added, "The reason I want to share that is because if you truly believe in the #MeToo movement, if you truly believe in women's rights, if you truly believe in feminism, the last thing you should do is attack someone in an ad hominem way for her age - I'm 50 - and for my highlights".

So when we're talking about how Grace responded to Ansari's advances, and if she shared any responsibility for what happened that night (ew, no, because that's victim-blaming), let's just take a second to remember that she tried to communicate about her preferences and boundaries, and she eventually extricated herself. (Believe me, I know the feeling of getting an angry look from a guy just because I wasn't ready to do something.) Otherwise, you might look at the situation very differently. "All I can say is, it would never be my intention to make you or anyone feel the way you described".

"Ashleigh, someone I am certain nobody under the age of 45 has heard of", Way wrote, which Banfield read on air.

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