- 05 Nov 19
Nuanced, reflective and deeply uncomfortable
Quin is a dapper Brit with a successful publishing career in New York. That is, until he finds himself at the centre of widespread sexual harassment allegations. This Is Pleasure is written from the alternating perspectives of Quin and his close female friend, Margot, as a scattered recollection of their relationship and the fall-out following the scandal.
Published originally by The New Yorker, who (in)famously broke the Harvey Weinstein story, This Is Pleasure offers a nuanced perspective on a huge cultural moment. Sure, the voice of the victim is most important. However, hearing Margot's thoughts as she digs through all the red flags and redeeming moments Quin had, prompts much-needed reflection. Deeply uncomfortable at times, the story thrives in the gray area between consent and harassment; flirting and being friendly; loyalty and honesty.