New yorker article on dating
The story depicts a dalliance between a 20-year-old female student, Margot, and a man named Robert she meets while working at her local arthouse cinema. Her story is one that's been lived by countless other women.
The story - called Cat Person - follows the courtship of a young 20-year-old woman, Margot, and a 34-year-old man named Robert, as they try to form a relationship of some sort built on nothing more than a shared interest in movies, art, jokes, and cats - some of the most poignant sections highlight experiences that are relatable to women when it comes to modern dating.
Maybe, she thought, her texting “lol r u serious” had hurt him, had intimidated him and made him feel uncomfortable around her.
The thought of this possible vulnerability touched her, and she felt kinder toward him than she had all night.
At times during the story, Margot is unsettled by Robert's apparently manipulative behaviour, his rough and distant manner in bed, their age difference, and his attitude to women.
It ends with him sending her a string of abusive messages after seeing her with another man.