The experience of feminism comes from many different places. Not everyone’s feminism is the same and it shouldn’t be treated the same. We won’t become a strong movement if we don’t consider everyone’s story.
Comedian and writer Lizz Winstead is no stranger to political drama and the media. She is one of the lead political comedians of our time. Co-creating Comedy Central’s hit “The Daily Show”’ Winstead shattered the idea that women can’t have a voice in politics. She is a huge woman’s rights activist and driving force behind Lady Parts Justice. A group that uses comedy and culture to get important political information out. Shining a light on the horrible things lawmakers are doing to our reproductive rights and safety. The group has many top feminist supporters including Lena Dunham, Sarah Silverman, and Amy Schumer.
Winstead has taken to our digitally driven world and created an app that uses Tinder like layouts to send information out about your local politics (Hinder). She’s always trying to find a fresh way to get her important message out.
How did you end up in comedy?
I think the easiest way to answer that would be to say I was a curious kid who had a bunch of unconventional interests. So, through the course of being a little girl who thought she might have wanted to be an older boy, I tried to do what I wanted rather than what people expected of me. Also, being the youngest of five children, I had to fight just to complete a sentence. So I loved the idea of being on stage and having the time to express myself. I knew for at least five minutes I could speak without being interrupted.
As feminists, what can we do to stop the violation of our rights?
We can’t be passive, we have to be vocal and present. You can’t just give money clinic, you have to show up as support. Stand up and tell our stories. Talk about what it’s like trying to raise a family on a wage lower than a man’s. We matter and we have to act like it. I think inclusive is a great qualifier to be paired with feminist.
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