Cat person and the nice guy syndrome
Palavras-chave:Short story. Nice Guy Syndrome. Modern Dating. Male entitlement. Slutshaming.
Kristen Roupenian’s short contemporary story “Cat Person”, published in
2017, received large attention and sympathy for women, due to the
realistic portrayal of the main character’s terrible dating experience.
Margot is a young college student who just met Robert, but her night with
him was filled with stress and disappointment due to his awkward
behavior and the feeling that she owed him more. Male entitlement is
nothing new, but in the era of modern dating, it allows different ways for
men to pressure and harass women into dates or even blame them for
denying what men want and need. But why do so many women agree with
this mentality that puts them at harm? And is it even their fault? This
article aims to question modern dating while analyzing Roupenian’s work,
discussing the patriarchal tensions present in the story between the main
characters, and relating it to concepts such as the “Nice Guy Syndrome”,
slutshaming, female guilt and power dynamics between men and women.