Is The New Yorker’s ‘Cat Person’ Story Relatable?

It captures dating with total accuracy

Actually, it alienates most of its readers

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The New Yorker's short story "Cat Person" by Kristen Roupenian, which is taking the Internet by storm, deserves its acclaim for so accurately depicting today’s dating rituals and experiences of millennial women. Though a fictional account of the courting between a college student and an older man, and told from the point of view of a 20-year-old woman, readers of all ages agree that the story  resonates so widely because it is so relatable, writes Sara Radin in HighSnobiety. It not only captures the ways in which sexism is deeply rooted in today’s dating culture, but poignantly demonstrates the power play between men and women, by giving examples that both men and women identify with. It puts up a mirror as to how we treat ourselves and each other in relationships.

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While The New Yorker’s trending “Cat Person” short story by Kristen Roupenian has been widely hailed for its relatable take on the nuances of dating, it’s actually quite alienating for most readers. While honest, the way it captures the power play of dating is a rather exclusive portrait of dating, argues Caroline Tsai in The Crimson. “Cat Person” fails to be relatable because it only portrays the voice of those who are white, middle class and college-educated. The main character's experience is not representative of a woman of color, or of Asian or Latino descent. A minority's story of dating would be very different and would not include such flippant jokes about murder. Readers who aren't white or privileged will have a much different view of dating than what this story shows.

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