As a woman in comedy, it’s frustrating to constantly see that we still have a long way to go before we are regarded with the same low level of respect as male comics. I get booked on plenty of shows where I am the only female voice in the lineup. I’ve been doing comedy for 2 years and I have seen very little progress made in promoting the female comedic perspective.
You will see plenty of male comics online and in person boasting about being allies for women. Lerner Johnston, renowned Gowanus-based prop-comic is known for constantly saying “I love women. I talk about it all time and I believe women and men should be equal.” Well Lerner, talk is cheap. It’s time for male allies in comedy to start wearing a shirt with this drawing I made of a labia next to a microphone.
It’s not enough to just book women on your shows, retweet them occasionally, or sleep with them from time to time. We are not going to make meaningful strides toward equality unless I start seeing men who identify as allies wearing my shirt.
I uploaded the artwork to CustomInk.com and ordered 1,000 t-shirts ranging from XL to XXXL. I’ve made it really easy for you guys. You just have to pay me $20 plus shipping & handling and I will send you a shirt. Your purchase will include a personal note about the significance of this movement.
You might be thinking How is wearing this picture of a labia next to a microphone going to advance women’s issues? By displaying the female genitalia (which serves as a punchline for jokes way less often than a penis does), male allies are normalizing the organ, and more importantly, starting conversations.
“If I saw a guy wearing this shirt, I would know that he is passionate about closing the gap between men and women in comedy. Hell, I’d probably book him on my monthly show right then and there,” I said, when asked.
Wearing this drawing of a labia next to a microphone is just one of many ways you can show your support for women in comedy. Let’s spread this message and start the healing!