Why are there so few women voices in comedy? It’s not because women are shit at comedy. It’s because comedy doesn’t really seem like a safe space for women. If I was a woman considering doing standup comedy and I sat in Reginald D Hunter’s show, or Brendhan Lovegrove’s show and heard how standup comics view women, I’d think “fuck this. I’m not going into this bearpit”. And men, that’s our fault. So hey, if you’re going to be a male standup comic, don’t be a asshole.
From Dave Cormack at The Ruminator.
I’m so glad he said it, because I’ve wanted to but I’ve honestly been a) afraid of doing so and the kinds of responses I will get, as a woman, making such a statement, and b) stuck on how to phrase it concisely because of lack of brain space (I’ve been involved in five shows this fest).
We go on and on about what to do about women in comedy, and people say things like ‘Women just don’t want to do it, why force it’ and ‘What do you want, a quota? THAT’S REVERSE SEXIST’ and no one is prepared to say ‘Maybe we should stop tolerating sexist material and micro aggressions and pretending that a hostile work environment somehow doesn’t exist in the comedy industry’.
Anyway, go read the whole thing, it’s good.