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The Unfunny Side of Modern Feminism

What I observed at Double X's recent event on women and comedy.

Is feminism funny or humorless? That was the question asked and evaluated at a Slate event I attended in New York City two weeks ago called Double X Presents: The Smoking Bra: Women and Comedy. I thought the question was worth exploring because, like so many contentious topics, feminism doesn't often inspire laughter. The problem is, I was looking in the wrong place for an answer.

I would describe the comedy event in detail, but doing so would violate Philippians 4:8, which instructs us to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. Much of what I saw and heard was anything but that.

Double X editor Jessica Grose opened by introducing a "pioneering" female comedian whose claim to fame was passing gas on stage. Next, Second City alumnus Jenny Hagel, showed a film in which she plays an uptight gender studies professor who tries to convince a thief that she is a feminist, whether the thief likes the label or not. When reason doesn't work, Hagel turns to rap. Some ...

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