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…
MALE COMIC TO DO LIST
- Be funny.
FEMALE COMIC TO DO LIST
- 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”