Comedian To Do List: Men vs. Women, by Sara Schaefer

The only thing more striking about Sara Schaefer’s recent Twitter photo of the differences between men and women in stand-up comedy today (circa 2015)? Reading her @replies and the outlandishly sexist men and mansplainers trying to set her supposedly straight. Which, of course, only reinforces her point.

If you cannot make out the handwriting…


  • Be funny.


  • be funny
  • be pretty
  • but not TOO pretty!!!
  • be feminist.
  • but not TOO feminist!
  • make sure all your ideas will appeal to a male audience as well.
  • don’t make fun of your body too much.
  • don’t talk about sex too much.
  • don’t! criticize! men! in! your! business!
  • solve climate change
  • redefine beauty
  • don’t turn 40

Thank you for this, Sara.

Now putting “end sexism” on my to do list…

UPDATE: Schaefer writes about all of the mad men who responded to her in this new essay on Medium, “Oops I Made A Feminist Joke on the Internet”


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