Amy Schumer on Her Rise As "Feminist Icon"

   By SheSpeaksTeam  Jul 08, 2015

It’s not always easy to laugh when thinking about important issues like sexism and gender equality. But somehow Amy Schumer pulls through with sketches that not only make us cry-laugh but also manage to make us think. The Trainwreck star has now made the cover of Glamour where she talks about her success as comedian and her most recent role of “feminist icon”.

The latest season of Inside Amy Schumer has garnered the most attention as it churned out hilarious sketches taking a satirical look at real issues we face every day. Sketches like “Girl You Don’t Need Makeup” where a boy band serenades Schumer telling her to remove her makeup and let her inner beauty shine through. But as soon as she washes off every stitch of make-up the crooning boys advise her to put some back on.


Another sketch that grabbed our attention and made us laugh was “Football Town Nights” which tackled the controversial subject matter of football and rape culture.

And who can forget the celebrity picnic featuring successful entertainers like Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Julia Louis Dreyfuss celebrating their “Last F**kable Day”? A group of talented women discuss Hollywood’s double standard regarding aging and how they tend to do away with female actors when they reach a certain age but still cast men in leading roles no matter what age they are.

Time reports about some of Schumer’s observations about men and women in the upcoming issue of Glamour. She was recently quoted at the Glamour UK Women of the Year Awards as saying she weighs 160 pounds and could sleep with a man any time. She clarifies the statement in the magazine saying, “For women, we’re taught to eat less until we disappear. And trained to believe that if you don’t look like everyone else, then you’re unlovable.” She adds, “And men are not trained that way. Men can look like whatever and still date a supermodel. I’m proud of what I said. I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.”

Schumer also believes that her role of feminist icon is not something she chose, but embraces fans who appreciate her empowering brand of humor. She says, “I don’t try to be feminist. I just am. It’s innately inside me. I have no interest in trying to be the perfect feminist, but I do believe feminists are in good hands with me.”

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