No, it was a bad story, and people who thought it was good had not read enough short stories.No, it actually good, and people who thought it was not good were sexist.
Specifically, the story “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian, which appeared in the New Yorker.“Margot keeps trying to construct an image of Robert based on incomplete and unreliable information, which is why her interpretation of him can’t stay still,” Roupenian said in an interview.“The point at which she receives unequivocal evidence about the kind of person he is is the point at which the story ends.” As the story began to go viral, a series of narratives began to emerge around it: It was a good story.Mary Gaitskill has devoted story after story to that theme since the 1980s, and so has Lorrie Moore.More recently, Lauren Holmes delved into the concern in her 2016 story collection .Margot’s internal monologue about Robert’s body constituted fat shaming. Wait, was “Cat Person” fiction, or a nonfiction personal essay?No, she was simply a good old-fashioned unlikable narrator. Much of the discomfort and controversy swirls around the character of Margot and all that she represents: a white, college-educated, straight, relatively thin young woman.All of these moments are innocuous in and of themselves, but together, they acquire so much force that if you are a person who has dated men, watching Margot blithely convince herself that Robert is a good guy feels like watching a horror movie. When they come together, there’s a pleasurable jolt: And for that kind of careful, detailed attention to be applied to the practice of dating as a young woman — and for it to appear in a publication like the New Yorker — feels almost shocking.In a literary establishment filled with stories about the subjectivity of straight white men, for young women, it’s validation on a huge scale: Yes, this what the world is like, and no, you’re not crazy.For some readers, the fact that “Cat Person” centers on the subjectivity of a young woman made it inherently unliterary and unworthy.So much of the criticism surrounding “Cat Person” is weighted by misogyny that the Twitter account Men React to Cat Person sprang into being to chronicle it all.