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Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.

(FILES) In this photo taken on January 7, 2018, Actor Aziz Ansari poses with the trophy for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy during the 75th Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari has acknowledged a sexual encounter with an anonymous accuser but insisted it was 'completely consensual.' The accusations, published January 14, 2018 in online magazine Babe, were made by a 23-year-old photographer from Brooklyn, New York, named only as 'Grace.' / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN / Getty Images

HOW DID A MOVEMENT FOR WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT BECOME AN EMBLEM FOR FEMALE HELPLESSNESS?

I’m apparently the victim of sexual assault. And if you’re a sexually active woman in the 21st century, chances are that you are, too.

That is what I learned from the “exposé” of Aziz Ansari published this weekend by the feminist website Babe — arguably the worst thing that has happened to the #MeToo movement since it began in October. It transforms what ought to be a movement for women’s empowerment into an emblem for female helplessness.

The headline primes the reader to gird for the very worst: “I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life.” Like everyone else, I clicked.

The victim in this 3,000-word story is called “Grace” — not her real name — and her saga with Mr. Ansari began at a 2017 Emmys

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