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"The times they are a changin"


Eremita

A era dos "Great Male Narcissists" (Mailler, Roth e UpDike) já acabou há muitos anos, mas não deixa de ser extraordinário que o primeiro conto do século a tornar-se viral seja de uma escritora. The Cat Person capta bem os três períodos em que podemos hoje decompor muitas das interacções que envolvem alguma expectativa sexual ou sentimental: o flirt escrito mediado pela tecnologia moderna, o encontro físico e a ressaca subsequente. Mas ao invés da complexidade da personagem feminina, cujos pensamentos o leitor vai conhecendo sem os poder antecipar, o homem, além de mau na cama, é caricatural e estereotipado. A culpa, naturalmente, é de Mailler, Roth e UpDike, porque o compromisso intergeracional não devia aplicar-se apenas à preservação do meio ambiente, dos recursos naturais e da segurança social. Os homens de hoje vão pagar com juros os privilégios dos grandes machos narcisistas de outrora, mas pelo menos saberão o que, afinal, querem as mulheres verdadeiras e não aquelas inventadas pela mente de outros homens. Não é tão reconfortante como escutar uma canção de Chico Buarque, mas é mais pedagógico. 

 

Margot sat on the bed while Robert took off his shirt and unbuckled his pants, pulling them down to his ankles before realizing that he was still wearing his shoes and bending over to untie them. Looking at him like that, so awkwardly bent, his belly thick and soft and covered with hair, Margot recoiled. But the thought of what it would take to stop what she had set in motion was overwhelming; it would require an amount of tact and gentleness that she felt was impossible to summon. It wasn’t that she was scared he would try to force her to do something against her will but that insisting that they stop now, after everything she’d done to push this forward, would make her seem spoiled and capricious, as if she’d ordered something at a restaurant and then, once the food arrived, had changed her mind and sent it back.

(...)

And then he asked, urgently, “Wait. Have you ever done this before?”

The night did, indeed, feel so odd and unprecedented that her first impulse was to say no, but then she realized what he meant and she laughed out loud.

She didn’t mean to laugh; she knew well enough already that, while Robert might enjoy being the subject of gentle, flirtatious teasing, he was not a person who would enjoy being laughed at, not at all. But she couldn’t help it. Losing her virginity had been a long, drawn-out affair preceded by several months’ worth of intense discussion with her boyfriend of two years, plus a visit to the gynecologist and a horrifically embarrassing but ultimately incredibly meaningful conversation with her mom, who, in the end, had not only reserved her a room at a bed-and-breakfast but, after the event, written her a card. The idea that, instead of that whole involved, emotional process, she might have watched a pretentious Holocaust movie, drunk three beers, and then gone to some random house to lose her virginity to a guy she’d met at a movie theatre was so funny that suddenly she couldn’t stop laughing, though the laughter had a slightly hysterical edge. Cat Person, Kristen Roupenian (que aqui fala sobre o conto)

  

 

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