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Pretty Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics
February 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Come visit the Columbus Metro Library’s Hilliard Branch with the National League of American Pen Women branch of Central Ohio for an Ohio Humanities’ Speakers Bureau event with Linda Mizejewski!
Guest Speaker Linda Mizejewski is a Distinguished Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University. Linda has been a Fulbright Lecturer in Slovakia and Romania, and her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 2004 she was a winner of Ohio State University’s Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award.
Women’s comedy has long been a prime spot for women to talk back and break taboos in mainstream popular culture. But women in comedy have traditionally been pegged as either “pretty” or “funny.” This talk is an overview of women’s comedy beginning with West and ending with the new generation of women comedians such as Tina Fey, Wanda Sykes, and Ellen DeGeneres who flout the pretty-versus-funny dynamic, targeting glamour and in some cases making it clear that in popular culture, “pretty” almost always means “white.”
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