Women Aren't Funny

Friday, May 29, 2015


When I was little, I remember being in classrooms when the teachers would dismiss the boys for being loud and goofy in class because "boys will be boys." But the little girls (me) were supposed to be more quiet and reserved, and if we weren't we were told we were being "too hyper."

The message that sent: little girls aren't funny, they're hyper. Luckily I had a listening problem as a child, so that message went right over my head.

The first time I got the chance to show my comedic chops was in a play in 3rd grade. The two main parts were for boys. So I cross dressed and landed the role of "Tom." I wore a baseball cap and tucked my hair in a ponytail. Very Shakespearean of me I thought. I was later dismissed from the role when I changed most of the lines to give them more of a comedic draw, but that's neither here nor there at this point.

The point is (thanks to the people you see above) it doesn't bother me like it used to when people say women aren't funny. Because it's obviously bullshit. I wish I had a better way to put it than that, but I just don't. The women on this cover are as funny as it gets. And they're making the world laugh.

I can't tell you how excited I was to see this magazine cover. I literally just stared at it forever smiling to myself. I'm still smiling. These women are my idols.

And then I read the article and loved it even more. To get a glimpse click here.

One of my favorite quotes is from Ellie Kemper regarding her thoughts on nudity/sex scenes,

"I am so prudish that when I've had to kiss someone in a scene, I think for the next hour that we're in love! It's a middle-school frame of mind."

I love that she says this while surrounded by Schumer and Dunham, because they're completely the opposite. That's the beauty of this article, all of these women are so different, and still so wonderful.

I could gush about this article for hours, but it's time to get on with my Friday I suppose.

To all of the "hyper" little girls out there, keep being hyper and keeping doing you.

16 comments:

  1. amen. I remember reading an interview with Isla Fisher years ago and she was quoted saying something along the lines of "can I have a penis so I can be funny, too?" Glad female and comedian are becoming less mutually exclusive (cuz you're right, it IS BS).

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  2. Yeeessss! Love this. That Ellie Kemper quote is perfect. I need to read this article! There are even more funny women I'm obsessed with not featured here. Yay for funny women!

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  3. I like most of them, but I can't stand Lena Dunham's brand of comedy. I don't think she's funny. At all.

    Too bad Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Kristen Wiig, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey weren't around. They're my favorite funny ladies.

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    1. There could actually be like 500 more women on this cover that I adore and admire. I like to think it's more about building each other up/supporting amazing strong women than anything.

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    2. That's a great way to look at it. :-)

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  4. I agree with Beks, but that's not the point. The point is that woman ARE funny as hell and I'm glad we're living in a time when that's allowed.

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  5. Amen! I remember getting in trouble several times for making jokes. The unspoken rule? Girls need to be "proper." I failed at proper many moons ago, so I stick with being myself.

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  6. Amen! I remember getting in trouble several times for making jokes. The unspoken rule? Girls need to be "proper." I failed at proper many moons ago, so I stick with being myself.

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  7. Amen! I remember getting in trouble several times for making jokes. The unspoken rule? Girls need to be "proper." I failed at proper many moons ago, so I stick with being myself.

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  8. I think humor is one of the best qualities of anyone- male or female. I'm not as funny as I think I am, but I love me some funny ladies.

    Emma | Seeking the South

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  9. I think humor is one of the best qualities of anyone- male or female. I'm not as funny as I think I am, but I love me some funny ladies.

    Emma | Seeking the South

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  10. This is so cute. I'm really not funny (but am hyper) but it's not because I'm a woman it's because I'm a spaz. I can't even comprehend someone actually thinking a woman can't be funny-it's just too absurd!

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