Ashleigh Banfield Escalates Feud With Reporter of Aziz Ansari Story


Among the winners of the night was Aziz Ansari - the first Asian American actor to win in the Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy category. In an article published by, a woman who is known as "Grace" recounts an encounter with Mr. Ansari, where a possible hook-up goes very wrong when Mr. Ansari does not cease and desist in pressuring her to have intercourse. "It is necessary and long overdue".

It is well established that women have complicated responses in situations where they may feel endangered. The Ansari case reveals exactly this manner of thinking. Instead, he's accused by an unnamed woman of rushing her to his apartment and forcing sexual acts on her even though she gave him verbal and non-verbal signs she wasn't interested.

In his work, Ansari frequently discusses sex and romance.

So this latest charge is jarring. Banfield said in an open letter to the accuser. No woman my age would ever watch your network.

As we take on the issue of sexual assault, it's time to really take it on and change the culture that thinks this is OK unless the woman screams "no" five times. Could they be next and what would they do? But, as the now-infamous Babe article and last month's "Cat Person" New Yorker story show, even in our age of incredible social progress, the reality of casual dating is far different for women than it is for men. When she refused intercourse, she said he said OK and turned on "Seinfeld". She was uncomfortable "at how quickly things escalated". Drawing him into conversation, not accusing him.

Well if he did something then shame on him!

Feminist writers, other actors and media commentators were left to debate the public value of an anonymous tale about a confusing encounter at a time when more women are speaking publicly about sexual assault.

So this is what we've come to? Now, Aziz Ansari has released a statement regarding the accusation he is facing.

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This is getting a little out of hand. Jessica Valenti says that "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".

Referring to the account, Caitlin Flanagan writes for The Atlantic: "Apparently there is a whole country full of young women who don't know how to call a cab, and who have spent a lot of time picking out pretty outfits for dates they hoped would be nights to remember".

The girl texted Ansari from home, "Last night might've been fun for you, but it wasn't for me".

Unfortunately, there is an aspect of the movement for women empowerment that we often miss out on- the fact that it has taken place in a skewed, unbalanced manner.

"Whether Ansari didn't notice Grace's reticence or knowingly ignored it is impossible for her to say". I'm not calling a guy a predator for that.

"You have chiseled away at a movement that I, along with all my sisters in the workplace, having been dreaming of for decades", Banfield continued. "Of Not Being a Mind Reader". No one should have to guess what you're feeling or thinking. It's obviously terribly dehumanizing for LGBT folks to have it legally admissible in court...but I wonder what would happen if we considered it from a heterosexual perspective. We can talk about assault and bad sex, but where the line is blurry, it might be good to talk about the blurriness of the line and why that is, and how to combat these situations from happening again.

I don't mean for this to be a man-hating feminist moment; rather, I think it's possible to identify and dislike the effects of masculinity as a socializing system, without extending that dislike to all men. The story, and its intimate level of detail, just doesn't seem fair. "If you're looking for that, then it's quite possible that you could get it if you go".

Honestly, who hasn't been there at least once? That's the only way to handle things. I've had a few myself. I know it can feel hard to speak up. "He feels awful that a woman he dated had such a bad experience with him and he was shocked when she chose to discuss his private life publicly".