The Weekend Reading List

The Weekend Reading List

Can we take a moment to talk about the Aziz Ansari story that appeared on Babe.net this weekend? I’m still trying to process exactly how I feel about the story shared by a 23-year-old woman who went on a date with Ansari last year. In her detailed account of the evening she shares how she felt “violated” by his sexually aggressive behaviour.

I’ve been trying to make sense of my feelings around this story all week, and found Cup of Jo’s post particularly thought-provoking (the insightful reader comments are worth making time for, too). And after reading Jill Filipovic’s opinion piece in The Guardian, I’ve also realised that much of my inability to form a solid opinion around this story comes from the awkward way it was reported on Babe.net. Jill writes:

“It seems to have been reported only because there was a celebrity name attached, and not even because the celebrity broke the law or leveraged his power to do wrong, but because he was sexist and sexually entitled – while despicable, that’s shaky grounds for broadcasting an individual’s sexual play-by-play.”

What do you think? Find the link to The Guardian opinion-piece (and Cup of Jo’s take on the story) in the links below, along with more of the week’s top life and style stories…

The Poorly Reported Aziz Ansari Exposé Was a Missed Opportunity – The Guardian

How To Do Your Makeup When It’s Below Freezing Out – Into The Gloss

10 Tips & Tricks for Running Your First Half Marathon – Wit & Delight

Why the Aziz Ansari Story Is Important – Cup of Jo

Target’s New Furniture Line Is a Design Lover’s Dream – My Domaine

January Jones is Dating Nick Viall from The Bachelor – Lainey Gossip

A List of Things I Buy Solely For the Packaging – Man Repeller

Ellen Pompeo Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for “What I Deserve” – THR

Cook: 10-Minute Creamy Tomato Soup – A Beautiful Mess

Alexander Wang Is the Latest Designer to Leave New York Fashion Week – ELLE