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.
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.The story centers on a 20-year-old college student named Margot who gradually falls into flirtation with a man named Robert.As Margot and Robert’s relationship develops, and the balance of power between them shifts back and forth, she cycles rapidly between imagining Robert as an adorable naif who is overwhelmed by her young beauty and sophistication, and imagining him as a vicious and murderous brute.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.Catfishes are notorious for their creativity in manipulation, deception, and fraud.Fortunately, there are a few easy steps to take to make sure you aren't falling for one - and to catch them if turns out you are.The literary canon’s attempts to delve into women’s heads, meanwhile, tend to look like C. Lewis’s “Shoddy Lands,” in which a woman’s mental landscape is devoted entirely to her own grotesque body, and the absence of the male gaze in her head is a moral affront.Women’s short stories about their own interiority rarely make it into the literary canon at all.we use fiction to say certain things about the world, and it allows for devices like unreliable narration, which don't fly in a personal essay. It has an intimate, confessional feminine narrative voice, the kind of voice we have learned to associate with “It Happened to Me”–style first-person narratives.