Amy Schumer Slammed Gender Bias In The Comedy Community In Her HBO Special

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10.19.15 12 Comments
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The Year of Amy Schumer continues to roll on, with her well-received comedy special, Live at the Apollo, airing last night on HBO. Schumer was on her game, riffing on body image, sex, and how awful dating can be.

Schumer has never been one to shy away from discussing the gender bias and sexism inherent in the system, and last night was no different.

“I’m labeled a sex comic,” says Schumer. “I think it’s just ’cause I’m a girl. I feel like a guy could get up here and literally pull his dick out, and everyone would be like, ‘He’s a thinker.’ “

While sexuality definitely plays into Schumer’s shtick, the label of “sex comic” may be a bit unfair and confining, as male comedians discuss sex as much or more than Schumer while ducking the label. Schumer also took on traditional gender stereotypes about sex in media these days.

“I just think that sex is explained incorrectly as far as men and women’s roles go,” she said. “It’s like we’re all told over and over again men love sex, and women just deal with it. Right? Like every article, every sitcom, it’s always the guy getting home from work like, ‘Honey, how about tonight?’ And she’s always like, ‘Blah.’ ”

“You’re made to feel really weird and disgusting if you’re a girl who loves to have sex.”

What? A woman actually owning her sexuality and enjoying it as much as a man? Well, I never!

This shouldn’t be radical thinking, but it is. Sure, Rosario Dawson can pine for Kevin James in The Zookeeper and no one bats an eye, but Amy Schumer’s brand is still considered revolutionary.

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)

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