In December, she brought home a French bulldog named Calvin.
She tells me, “I’m excited about what comes next.” So what exactly does “next” look like?
Oxford was the on-set writer for Franco’s latest movie, But as Trump blustered across the campaign trail, the polished, family-sitcom jokes in Oxford’s feed gave way to more biting tweets about reproductive rights and gun control. Oxford looked up to see Trump and Bush on a tour bus, reached for the remote, heard the exchange—and knew with total conviction what had to come next.
Then, on October 7, she was working from the bed of her rented L. “I’ve been the ‘it’ in that equation too many times,” she writes in the new book.
That’s not to say there isn’t humour in this collection. But it’s clear the vulnerability of her #notokay post didn’t come out of nowhere.
She’s bringing her readers to a much rawer and more intimate place to assure them that they’re not alone.In 2010, Oxford’s first TV pilot, which borrowed liberally from her own life, was purchased by CBS.It wasn’t picked up, but she’s knocked out several pilots since then, and inked a deal last month with Hulu to write a ’90s teen comedy that James Franco and Seth Rogen will produce. You know—the one where he muses about that time he “moved on” a woman “like a bitch,” then dismisses her and her “big, phony tits.” The one with the pussy grabbing, and the Billy Bush sniggering, and the suggestion that downing a few breath mints before forcing yourself on someone makes you pretty gallant.The one where he refers to a woman as “it.” The one that propelled people across the world—including Edmonton-born, L.18 years is a good run.” In fact, he moved out of their house on the night of the U. “I was levelled on all levels that night.” Then, two weeks later, her toy poodle Lou died in a freak accident that broke his neck.Oh, you thought But book title and junky year notwithstanding, she knows she’s in a fortunate position, and she says, for the most part, the world actually does work with her. A., still at the house every day, and she’s pleased with their job as co-parents.“I’m taking these fuckers down.” Related: “Women,” Oxford tweeted, hands shaking, “tweet me your first assaults. I’ll go first: Old man on city bus grabs my ‘pussy’ and smiles at me.I’m 12.” She added a hashtag, #notokay, and proceeded to share three more sexual assaults: at 13, when a boy groped her in drama class; at 15, when a dermatologist made her undress in his office closet; at 16, when a 25-year-old in a bar followed her into the bathroom, trapped her against a sink, and asked if she knew what rape was.“It was really overwhelming,” Oxford says now, when I catch her on the phone from L. “The first night the hashtag started, I didn’t really move and I didn’t go to sleep until the next day.” Still, she wasn’t surprised by the sheer number of women who responded, and she has an idea of why they did.“This is what life is: Everyone’s been sexually assaulted,” Oxford says.