ended up in a bedroom sitting on the edge of a bed with a producer I didn t

Ended up in a bedroom sitting on the edge of a bed

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ended up in a bedroom sitting on the edge of a bed with a producer I didn t know, lightheaded and woozy. A good friend, who had followed me, popped her head in the door a couple of minutes later and announced, Time to go now, Molly! I followed her out, trying not to stumble, and spent the rest of the night violently ill and embarrassed and the rest of my life grateful that she had been there, watching out for me, when I was temporarily incapable of watching out for myself. I shared the story with Haviland, and she listened politely, nodding. Haviland, like me, has children, and so I decided to frame the question hypothetically, mother to mother, to see if it changed her point of view. If one of our kids had too much to drink, and something like that happened to one of them, would she say, It s on you, because you drank too much ? She shook her head: No. Absolutely, positively, it stays in your pants until invited by someone who is willing and consensually able to invite you to remove it. Still, she added, I m not going to black-and-white it. It isn t a one-way street.
9/27/2018 Molly Ringwald Revisits “The Breakfast Club” in the Age of #MeToo | The New Yorker 7/11 I After our coffee, I responded to an e-mail from Haviland to thank her for agreeing to talk to me. Later that night, I received another note. You know, she wrote, the more I think of it this evening, oddly, the LESS uncomfortable I am with Caroline. Jake was disgusted with her and said he could violate her 17 ways if he wanted to because she was so trashed, but he didn t. And then, Ted was the one who had to ask if they had had sex, which certainly doesn t demonstrate responsible behavior from either party, but also doesn t really spell date rape. On the other hand, she was basically traded for a pair of underwear . . . Ah, John Hughes. t s hard for me to understand how John was able to write with so much sensitivity, and also have such a glaring blind spot. Looking for insight into that darkness, I decided to read some of his early writing for National Lampoon . I bought an old issue of the magazine on eBay, and found the other stories, all from the late seventies and early eighties, online. They contain many of the same themes he explored in his films, but with none of the humanity. Yes, it was a different time, as people say. Still, I was taken aback by the scope of the ugliness. A Dog s Tale has a boy watching his mother turn into a dog. Against His Will features an ugly fat woman who tries to rape a man at gunpoint in front of the man s wife and parents because she can t have sex any other way. My Penis and My Vagina are quasi-magical-realist stories written from the points of view of teen-agers who wake up in the morning with different genitalia than they were assigned at birth; the protagonist of

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