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SlutWalk Chicago Highlights

7 Jun

The Women’s Movement is BACK, baby! What an exciting day.

For those of you who have not yet heard about SlutWalk events popping up all over the world, these are marches protesting sexual violence and particularly the use of slut-shaming and victim blaming to justify sexual violence, rather than holding perpetrators accountable. Yes, there has been some controversy. See my previous post or Jessica Valenti’s wonderful Washington Post for more information on the debate around SlutWalk. See this for more on the ideology behind the Chicago event.

Ok, so while the weather reports warned of thunderstorms, thousands of protesters of all ages, races, body-types, backgrounds and genders gathered in Thompson Plaza in Chicago on Saturday, June 4 to march against sexual violence, against victim blaming, against slut-shaming and FOR women’s rights. The weather stayed sunny– and HOT– and it made me wish I was as scantily clad as some of the other activists around me. Yes, some were in lingerie, bikinis, and short skirts– people were dressed in all different ways, including at least one woman who marched in a hijab. I wore jeans (a very sweaty mistake) and a t-shirt reading “ASKING is the first thing I do with my mouth”. Others used bare skin as their message board to the world, writing things like, “This is not an invitation to rape me” or, more simply:

This woman was very nice. We chatted about sunscreen after the march.

Here are some things that I found really exciting about SlutWalk Chicago:

1) Holy MEN, Batman! There were tons of them, and they led cheers in booming voices that went a little something like this: “Gay, Straight, Black, White! All unite for women’s rights!” Heart-warming.

2) We ran into the Avon Walk For The Cure and sisterly love abounded!

We loved each other! Sisterhood!!

3) There were kids at the march.

Her sister's sign read, "I DARE U TO CALL ME ONE."

4) I wish I had caught this on video: A bus driver saw us, read our signs, beeped a funky rhythm and fist-pump danced at us until her light turned green. We fist-pumped right  back. It was awesome.

5) Most polite protestors ever. Sample conversations:

“Oh, excuse me! I didn’t mean to invade your space!” “You’re fine!” *warm smiles*

“May I take your photo? I love your signs!” “Sure!” “Thank you!” “You’re welcome!”

Speaking of signs, there were some great ones! I give you the beautiful, strong messengers of SlutWalk:

Blurry but I love it: "Just because I have BIG TITS doesn't mean I want to FUCK YOU!" Say it, sister!

Chanting: "Hey hey! Ho ho! Sexual violence has got to go!"

Powerful. "Nobody asked me what my rapist wore." This sign struck me the most deeply.

Haha I LOVE this one! Summing up the sex-positive messaging in SlutWalk.

Yeah, we've had ENOUGH!

No more victim blaming!

After the march we heard speakers, slam poets, and even a (hilarious) ! (My frequent readers know how I love female comedians…)

Other highlights of the speeches, for me, were from the Chicago Metro YWCA with her “chat-sy about consent” which we could start practicing now “or, you know, forevs” as well as an organizer (whose name I didn’t catch- did you? Let me know!) from the . Emily’s talk was empowering, silly and sexy as she discussed my favorite topic: consent! From SWOP, I learned a lot about how sex workers face additional challenges from law enforcement in reporting rape, and also that many cities have or are considering creating laws that would allow law enforcement to assume a person was soliciting based solely on what she is wearing and where she is standing. Alarming!

I was too tired to attend the after party and after-after-party, so I got a Slurpie (7-11s everywhere in Chicago!) and took a nap. It was a sexy fun day, and I ran into some organizers planning to bring SlutWalk to my hometown of Madison! Stay tuned for more info on that as it becomes available.

I’d love to hear your comments/questions! And remember:

“Women’s rights under attack? What do we do?

STAND UP! FIGHT BACK!”

I’m Sick Of Feminists Attacking Female Comedians

26 May

Yeah, I said it. Leave them alone, you big bullies!

So everyone’s making a big deal about Bridesmaids because it’s a mainstream movie featuring a female ensemble cast, which is rare to see in any genre, especially comedy. I’ve seen it twice now and not only is it hilarious, but it has provided great entertainment for nights out with the gal pals. Regardless, I’ve been really pissed off at the response it’s been getting in my corner of the blogosphere.

Some feminists just could not WAIT to tear this movie apart. Why? Basically, “Just because it’s written by women and stars an all-female cast with a plot focused mainly on female friendship rather than the prince charming story– doesn’t necessarily make it feminist!” 

My friendly question to you sisters: Is this really the most productive use of your time?

Reasons some feminists have criticized Bridesmaids:

1) “Ok, so the protagonist is a business owner- but it’s a bakery!”

Um, yeah, ok. So feminists can’t bake? Oops, I was planning to bake cookies this week. I guess I’m a powerless victim of the patriarchy then. Come on.

2) “This movie doesn’t deal well with fat!”

Wow. So if you think a character is “fat” and she is also funny then that movie, by extension, is making fun of fat people? Without giving too much away, other women in this movie use liberal amounts of gross potty humor. Kristin Wiig’s and Maya Roudolph’s characters are shown in the preview being silly with brownies all over their teeth. If they were fat, would that joke have been offensive? Additionally, the character Megan is happy and successful in every possible way in her life. If I were Melissa McCarthy I would be offended at the response her character has gotten in many feminist blogs. I like to think she was cast for her talent, not her body type. Her only crime was stealing the show.

3) “Ew, a happy Hollywood ending!” *SPOILER ALERT*

Yeah… because it’s only feminist if she’s sad and alone? P.S. The main character’s love story parallels what I’ve been trying to say forever: jerks are jerks, date the nice guys. She learns this lesson in this movie.

4) “This movie didn’t tackle serious social issues facing women.”

*Forehead slap* It’s a COMEDY. Comedy. Not a documentary. Not a thought-provoking drama. It’s a comedy. With potty humor. And slapstick. And strong female friendships which, last time I checked, is, oh yeah, SUPER FEMINIST.

5) “Ugh, not another wedding movie!”

The groom has zero lines and the wedding takes up like 5 minutes of screen time. Get over it. Big picture, people.

It was not designed to make a feminist statement. It’s just a comedy. It’s awesome because it’s hilarious, and it’s awesome for its portrayal of female friendships, and it’s awesome to see female-centered comedy that appeals to a mass audience.

Let’s not criticize the women out there making movies. Let’s focus our attention on the industry that is SO MALE DOMINATED that people are making a big deal out of a silly comedy just because it features women. Sisterhood. Solidarity. Seriously though, see Bridesmaids (but not on a full bladder ;) ).

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