PHYLLIS SARAH JULIA

SHE-LOGY: Funny ‘Yet’ Attractive

When a man is funny, he becomes endearing, if not sexy, to women. Well, generally. But when a woman is funny, witty, wacky?

Does comedy make a woman attractive? Can an attractive woman be funny?

“Women couldn’t be attractive and smart, or attractive and funny”, that’s the proposition in the article “Why Do So Many Pretty Female Comedians Pretend They’re Ugly?” It explored questions like “Why can’t funny women be hot? Or accomplished? Or smart? Why do so many women with these otherwise highly valued traits have to downplay them to get laughs?”

But self-deprecating jokes are common even among male comedians. What else could be the reason?

“And there’s a disturbingly simple explanation for that. “You can’t have people look at you and listen to you at the same time,” says Gina Barreca, a professor of English literature and feminist theory at the University of Connecticut, with a laugh.”

One time I was watching Last Comic Standing, one of the judges remarked to the attractive comedienne on stage that she is too beautiful, it distracts the audience from her comedy. Does this apply to men?

According to Barreca, young, attractive female comics in the stand-up industry have always been targets of sexualized heckling. Even today, “They still have people screaming at them, ‘Take your clothes off!,'” she says, “or “‘Shut up and show me your tits!'” 

Read the article at theatlantic.com.

WHATEVER YOU MAY LOOK LIKE, MARRY A MAN YOUR OWN AGE

— AS YOUR BEAUTY FADES, SO WILL HIS EYESIGHT.

– Phyllis Diller


“STOP TELLING GIRLS THEY CAN BE ANYTHING THEY WANT WHEN THEY GROW UP.

I THINK IT’S A MISTAKE. NOT BECAUSE THEY CAN’T,

BUT BECAUSE IT WOULD NEVER HAVE OCCURRED TO THEM THAT THEY COULDN’T.

– Sarah Silverman


“I HAVE NO AGENDA EXCEPT TO BE FUNNY. NEITHER I OR THE WRITERS PROFESS TO OFFER ANY WORLDLY WISDOM.

– Julia Louis-Dreyfus


SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at silverliningmama@gmail.com. Thank you for reading this.

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