Dec 1, 2022 • 51M
The Kiss of Death, the Death of Kissing
Problematic faves, dissident feminism, and poodle interruptions: this is Feminine Chaos, featuring cultural commentary from Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield.
Kat and Phoebe discuss the kissing of cheeks, the petting of pets, the cancellation of Junot Diaz, and the intolerable slander of Seinfeld by a New Yorker essayist.
Ben Smith on Junot Diaz, notorious cheek-kisser: https://www.semafor.com/article/11/27/2022/junot-diaz-in-limbo
Kat's tweets on l’affaire bisou:
went back and forth on whether to stick my neck out here, but fuck it: in the grand scheme of unwanted intrusions into one's personal space (and with all respect to TCW), a kiss on the cheek is a minor annoyance and a hell of a lot closer to "okay" than it is to "not okay"
And I need to make this crystal clear. An unwanted kiss on the cheek is not okay. But to be hit with the label of abuser for that is so incredibly wrong. People are acknowledging this privately but not saying so publicly.
Thomas Chatterton Williams @thomaschattwill
Saïd Sayrafiezadeh on finding “Seinfeld” problematic: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/i-finally-watched-seinfeld?utm_source=NYR_REG_GATE
Meghan Daum on literary citizenship:
Seinfeld kismet on the tyranny of the kiss hello: