Jerry Finds a Lady; I’m Not So Sheepish After All

Remember last year when I was all, “Jerry Seinfeld thinks only people with penises are funny and that kinda makes me torqued and I think maybe I’m a feminist but I’m not sure because I don’t know what that means exactly“? Well…it’s time for an update.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee - Season 2, Ep 1

Season 2 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee launches today and—lo and behold—Jerry found a lady comedian. (Sarah Silverman to be precise.) Was that so hard, Jerry?

I mean sure, it took you a whole season of dudes before you were able to search the world for ONE female comedian, but hey, one is better than none I suppose. It’s a teeny bit disappointing that, by the looks of the trailer, Ms. Silverman is the sole female comedian of the season (gack!), but I guess I’ll try to let it slide. We can be friends again. I know you’ve missed me.

And I have to admit, a lot of good has come for me out of Seinfeld’s missteps. It was his omission of the female gender that got me thinking about what’s important to me, and what it means for women to be underrepresented in basically ALL OF THE THINGS. It got me thinking about what kind of world I want my daughters to live in. It got me thinking about what I’m willing to fight for. It got me feeling that maybe I’ll take on the label of “feminist,” with whatever judgements and assumptions it might come with.

Because you know what? It sucks that women are being raped in alarming numbers in our military. It sucks that Disney feels the need to give strong female characters big boobs, small waists and perfect hair. It sucks that we pigeonhole the crap out of kids when it comes to their toys. It sucks that some people are totally on board with domestic violence. (WTH, people?!)

I think about all that stuff and it makes it a lot easier to toss aside the sheepishness and use my voice, however small, to make the world a tiny bit less puketastic. It’s a good use of time. If I wasn’t doing feminist things I’d probably just be playing online poker or eating too many cookies, so no big deal.

So that’s where I’m at now. I figured it’s only fair to let Jerry know that I see and appreciate his efforts. And I want to let you know, dear readers, that I’m a feminist for good. A miserably pregnant, sassy, loud-mouthed feminist. So, you know, watch out for that.

And what are YOU up to? Let’s all catch up in the comments, k?

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  1. Sarah Williams

     /  June 27, 2013

    Just doing a little catching up on your blog, and WOW! That link about the toys is terrible. I know I’ve always hated the color/gender division in the toy aisles, but I’d never really considered it in a historical context. How disheartening to think that we’re not only not moving forward, but we’re worse off then we were in the fifties (at least when it comes to toys and gender roles). Booo!

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    • Yeah, it’s pretty crappy. I read that Toys R Us recently claimed that they were gender neutral. Milk almost came out my nose. And I wasn’t even drinking milk.

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  2. I read this article on the BBC yesterday and Wow!
    Latifa Nabizada – Afghanistan’s first woman of the skies
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22943454

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  3. He only likes her because they have the same teeth.

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  4. Great post! I love the clear stand you’ve taken and emotion you’ve expressed.

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  5. I adore, totally adore, sarah silverman. and you.

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