As Twitchy reported, the website Babe.net published the #MeToo story of a woman named “Grace” who recounted her sexual assault at the hands of comedian Aziz Ansari.
However, not all women regarded the incident — the two went out on a date that led to oral sex — as sexual assault. Pieces by women supporting Ansari popped up in The New York Times and The Atlantic: Caitlin Flanagan argued that the Babe.net story was nothing but “3,000 words of revenge porn.”
Now, a war of words has broken out between HLN anchor Ashleigh Banfield and the piece’s 22-year-old author, Katie Way, who says she’s “disgusted” by “burgundy lipstick bad highlights second-wave feminist” Banfield and her attempt to “piggyback” off of Grace’s bravery.
Who’s to blame for all of this strife? As if you needed to ask … it’s the patriarchy, duh.
Patriarchy (n): a system that allows discussions of sexual predation by men to devolve into a fight between two women who both work for men, and ends with one telling the other, "google me."
— Jamilah King (@jamilahking) January 17, 2018
That’s Jamilah King, race and justice reporter for Mother Jones.
that’s the stupidest thing I heard today.
— DRL (@drlcartman) January 17, 2018
This is a stupid take.
Ludicrous mental gymnastics to make an argument between two women the fault of men. https://t.co/QuPpV11EiE
— RBe (@RBPundit) January 17, 2018
But while the two of them argue, Ansari gets away with a blowjob and maybe a little public embarrassment. Patriarchy!
Feminism (n): a system of thought that provides cover for stupid, weak willed women who aren't adult enough to accept responsibility for their own actions and so must blame men simply for being male. https://t.co/kuN8XXPrde
— Lone Ranger Stranger Danger Zone (@mecantyping) January 17, 2018
You're talking about third wave feminism
Which was created by the patriarchy to destroy you all
— Mujahed Kobbe (@Moj_kobe) January 17, 2018
I'm not entirely sure blaming every single thing on men does very much to promote the competence of women.
— Eggscuse me? (@NetConscience) January 17, 2018
Men are responsible for a girl growing up to be a catty 22-year-old airhead. Let’s take a bow, fellas! https://t.co/ZltR0r2qSa
— Will (@Oil_Guns_Merica) January 17, 2018
— Emphatic Nebulae (@emphaticnebulae) January 17, 2018
No, we women are just bitches sometimes. It's ok to say it.
— Winter Wiffle (@wifflewaffel) January 17, 2018