"The Women's Vote" Was Awesome on The Daily Show Last Night
On The Daily Show last night, Jason Jones met with Tad Devine, a political consultant, to talk about the increasing emphasis on "the women's vote" among the remaining presidential candidates. After pointing out that many of the discussions about women in Washington don't actually involve women, Jones invited Joanne Smith (Girls for Gender Equity), Julie Menin (Eleanor's Legacy), Sonia Ossorio (NOW NYC), and representatives from Emily's List and the League of Women Voters to join in.
Hilarity ensued (kind of) when Jones ignored the women's opinons and directed all of his questions to Devine. While meant to underscore the ridiculousness of asking men about women voters even in a room full of women voters, the fact that this type of sexist shit happens all of the time to women meant that the joke, well, was't really a joke. Comedy is tragedy plus time, after all, not just plain tragedy.
In the best moment of clip (at around 4:25), Joanne Smith gets real with the dudes in the room: "We know what's going on. We don't have the privilege, the space, the opportunity, to make light of this, for this to be a joke. And so we need to be heard here."
A little uncomfortable? Sure. But guess what? It's uncomfortable BEING A WOMAN in the current political climate. It's awesome that Smith and the other women in this bit spoke up and refused to be the punchline of a joke that hits too close to home for millions of us to find funny.
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