How effective is comedy as feminist rhetoric?

This article in Harlot by Risa Polansky Shiman poses potential dangers of feminist comedic rhetoric, drawing on exemplars from the Slut Walk and 30 Rock, brainchild of writer/actor/producer Tina Fey, who takes female stereotypes and contemporary feminist issues, e.g., menstruation, and uses ironic humor.

slut walk Knoxville October 2011

Marchers with Slutwalk Knoxville proceed across Union Avenue to Market Square in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. This march was one of numerous worldwide Slutwalk rallies held throughout 2011 to raise awareness for the rights of rape victims. Alex Pulsipher (front) and Astrid Dees (center), organizers.
From Wikipedia Commons, Brian Stansberry, Author.

~ by artpoped on December 21, 2012.

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