Quotable: Rebecca Traister Stands Up For Tina Fey

Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 14, 2010

“Feminist comedy cannot always take as its targets the Jesse Jameses and the Richard Nixons of the world. Women also have to be able to mock — sometimes harshly, sometimes sexually, sometimes intellectually — the Sarah Palins and the Bombshell McGees, to laugh at our single selves, at our high-achieving selves, at our professional selves and our maternal and sexual and idealistic selves, or we will quickly re-earn a reputation for humorlessness. We can’t expect to escape all the mean jokes, or the mean girls. And we can’t lay the blame for the often ruthless nature of equal-opportunity mockery at the feet of a woman who never promised to do anything but entertain us.”

Broadsheet’s Rebecca Traister responds to all that “Tina Fey is a bad feminist” nonsense in a blog post that is so dead-on, I almost started cheering. [Salon]