Male journo tries to slut-shame author

Jon Henley’s interview with Catherine Millet for Sunday Life is the usual guff, until the second page:

I ask whether Millet feels there is anything in her background that might explain her promiscuity.

He then goes on to hint that perhaps her mother’s suicide made her like sex. Huh?

She would deny that she ever sought a pleasure denied to her in childhood (it was not until she was 35, she claims in The Sexual Life of Catherine M, that it occurred to her that her own pleasure could be the sole objective of a sexual encounter), but it is certainly tempting to see a degree of childhood misery as a psychological driver for her behaviour.

Clearly Henley believes he knows Millet better than she does. And he also clearly believes that a woman couldn’t possibly enjoy sex. Assuming he’s straight, does that mean he believes all the women he’s ever had sex with didn’t enjoy it, and therefore probably didn’t want to do it? We have a word for that, starting with r.

More slut-shaming as he goes on to ask her if the jealousy she felt towards her husband’s affairs was “retribution for the life she had led?”. Later, “So no regrets, then, Ms Millet?” Gimme a fucking break.

8 responses to “Male journo tries to slut-shame author

  1. I agree. I’m tired of journalists acting like they know the interviewee better than they know themselves or making assumptions about the person that they’re interviewing. It isn’t good publicity for the journalist, the organization that they’re working with and definitely not good for the person getting interviewed.

    As for him thinking that women possibly could not get pleasure out of something like that…Well, he if he thinks that then surely that means his own size is lacking therefore he would never be able to satisfy a woman on that level.

    There isn’t any need for him to defame her character like that.

    • Journo-as-psychiatrist is a problem because he is clearly not qualified, yet has a public platform for his ill-informed views. I’m a journo with a psych degree and I wouldn’t ever pretend I know someone’s inner life based on an hour or so of interviewing them, and then publish that. Talk about arrogance.

  2. Hmm, interesting guilt trip statement that doubles nicely as blame shifting by suggesting that her husband’s affairs are her own true punishment for having sex earlier in her life. Dollop of catholic guilt anyone?

  3. That’s why I keep reading Kim ❤

  4. Why does something have to ‘explain her promiscuity’? Is enjoying sex not a good enough reason? Or just not good enough for a woman?

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