[EDITOR NOTE: It has been brought to this unfunny feminist’s attention that during an earlier attempt at sharing this story, the Interwebs themselves were so entertained that they completely snarfled the post. Our apologies for the technical snafu, and we now return you to your regularly scheduled blog entertainment!]
I realize it’s been quite awhile since my last (un)funny feminist post. But ever since I first watched Matthew Broussard’s recent stand-up performance on Conan I’ve been feeling terribly, terribly sad at the thought of anyone being deprived of this pleasure.
And so, without further ado:
[Please join me for a party in the comment section after viewing. Attendees are invited to share your favorite lines and/or your best digital representation of laughter! Adult beverages to be provided at no extra charge.]
Lemme get right to it — I struggle when it comes to understanding funny.
My all-time favorite movie to quote from is this one. I once gave a college boyfriend one of these for Valentine’s Day. (Shoulda known he wasn’t The One when he was too confused to even manage a smirk.) As a kid, my favorite comic books weren’t written in English; and no, I didn’t read French at the time. Nothing has ever made me laugh harder — NOR WILL IT — than Greek gynecology.
My favorite joke goes like this:
Q: How many feminists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: That’s not funny.
[Also has a side benefit of outing undesirables, as in: people who hear that joke and immediately jump in with their own “feminists are just THE WORST, amirite?!!”-brand of humor. Pro-Tip, for that old high school chum I defriended faster than one can say Lucretia Mott: if I’m the one telling a joke on Facebook, it’s unlikely that the punchline actually means “liberated women are stooopid,” mmmkay?]
Back in the Dark Ages of my blogging career, otherwise known as “12½ months ago,” I briefly tried out a recurring feature called the (un)funny feminist: posts wherein I introduced you lovely people to my favorite feminist funnies. And today — finding myself in need of a giggle — I’m bringing it back!
Brainchild of Mo and Erin — who describe their creation as “an exercise in flogging a pun for all it’s worth” — Manfeels Park combines line-drawn portraits from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice (as adapted by the BBC and starring Colin Firth as the Darciest Darcy who ever Darcy’ed) with “web commentary by hurt and confused men with Very Important Things To Explain, usually to women.”
Given that my last post was labeled a “Part 1” (and, if I remember correctly, promised at least a three-parter on the evergreen pleasure* that is reading and writing about IPV [*ProTip: that’s sarcasm; it’s actually the exact opposite of a pleasure]), today’s post should be Part 2. Part 2 is a hairsbreadth from being ready to go. Cmon, Alice–get with the program and publish Part 2 already!!
No. Not gonna–and you can’t make me, Internalized-Voice-of-Arbitrary-Demands-and-Unyielding-Expectations.
I’m at the end of my emotional resources on that topic, at least for the moment. I’m avoiding the evening news and most feminist blogs. I’m laundering bedsheets for the second time in as many days (because my cat still loves me enough that even though she now sleeps nights on the couch, there’s still only one place she wants to throw up 3-days-worth of undigested meals). And so–even though there’s no evidence that anyone other than me actually sees the humor in my “unfunny feminist finds a funny” posts–I’m going there again today!
It’s my blog, and I’ll pigsnort-laugh if I want to.
Now–with preamble out of the way–let me acknowledge that this introduction of Feminist Ryan Gosling is well behind the times. The book based on this meme came out over two years ago, and while the Tumblr site remains up, new posts ceased as of last summer. In fact, why am I even telling you about this? You’ve surely run into Feminist Ryan Gosling elsewhere! Unless perhaps you live under a rock.
In which case, I’m very sorry. I hope there aren’t too many worms.
To be fair, I don’t know if Madéleine Flores, creator of the web comic Help Us Great Warrior!, thinks of her diminutive, headbow-adorned Great Warrior as a Strong Female Character. But, I mean, C’MON. Check out this cutie badass: