We Heart: Feminist Sarah Silverman

Those of you who caught Conan last night on TBS might have noticed a surprise shout-out to Ms. How did this come to pass?

Well, back in October, a team of Ms. interns and staffers wo-manned a booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair. Not only did we get to enjoy the pet psychic, the create-your-own Jane Austen diorama booth and the Jedi training, we were also just feet from the table where Sarah Silverman sat down to meet fans and sign copies of her new book, The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee.

Naturally we decided to approach her with the gift of one of our signature “This is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts (which come in a variety of colors and styles and make excellent holiday gifts). After a little trial and error, and some serious saleswoman-ship, we matched her with the perfect shirt, in the right size, color and style, which she sported fabulously for a feminist photo-op.

Apparently, we made quite an impression! We had no idea that Ms. Silverman would still be talking about the encounter months later, but last night the comedian recounted a rather funny version during her appearance on Conan.

I was sitting at this book fair…and these girls from the Ms. magazine booth came over, and they were really sweet, and they gave me this t-shirt that was like, “This is what a feminist looks like”…The truth is, if the t-shirt looked good on my boobs, I would wear it all the time, proudly, and this is what a feminist looks like.

We were pleased to hear Ms. Silverman confirm what we had been hoping when we presented her with the t-shirt, that indeed, she is what a feminist looks like. As evidence of her commitment to the welfare of women, she even included an impromptu PSA for women:

I have a lot to say to women. Tonight, if I can impart anything to women…all the women in America. I promise you, you do not need vaginal deodorant. You need a doctor.

Well said, Sarah.

We’re happy to know that the t-shirt has a good home, with an owner who’s proud to wear it–since it obviously looks good on her boobs!

Photo of Sarah Silverman in T-shirt surrounded by, left to right, Ms. PR intern Emily Bengtson, blog author Annie Shields and Ms. intern/blogger Ali Tweten.

Comments

  1. You go, Annie!!

  2. Carol King says:

    Way to go!

  3. Silverman is pretty foul mouthed. I'm concerned she isn't a very good role model for girl or society in general. I like people with more class if you know what I mean. I like to respect everyone and I like people like that.

  4. So I guess you missed the RAPE JOKE she made? Yeah, right on Sarah…wtfe

  5. But she also made a rape joke right after that comment. and you know, put on black face for halloween and tweeted about it.

    i don't know if that's what i want a feminist to look like.
    you just can't call yourself that, you gotta practice it too.

  6. This is great :)

  7. I get the feeling that she knows there would be a huge backlash if she just stated up front that she is a feminist… so she plays to the macho male crowd with rape jokes, comments about boobs, and vaginal odor. Blacks made fun of themselves to put white folks at ease, and today sara silverman is disparaging women to make men feel at ease.

    If women stand up for other women, then men suddenly freak out and think we're trying to rise up like Amazons to destroy them…. so with rape jokes and other degrading comments about women's bodies, she sublimates every humble feminist comment with an ambiguously misogynistic one to satisfy the male audience.

    Any comedian who can't step off the stage and get serious about their REAL beliefs is a coward. They're hiding behind a persona, a mask that protects their fragile beliefs from scrutiny or legitimate debate. That's why I was surprised to find myself respecting South Park, but disgusted by Family Guy. Every episode of south park at least has SOMETHING to say, and they're not afraid to lay it all out without an apology. Family Guy on the other hand has atrophied to a gelatinous pile of sexist jokes without any redeeming qualities whatsoever. Even if you disagree with South Park, they made their case. They made you think. Family Guy leaves you feeling like you just read every inch of graffiti in a gas station bathroom stall. Sara Silverman is like Family Guy… trying to be offensive but not really saying anything intelligent.

  8. arcane_scholar says:

    I was all excited to go and buy myself a shirt. Then I come to find out that the sizes only go up to XLarge. I cannot express how utterly disappointed I am in this. Fat people aren't allowed to be feminists? We get to be excluded from the campaign? I have been really impressed with Ms. content, and some of my favorite Fat Activist bloggers constantly talk up how great Ms. is. However, being sized out of the feminist apparel is like a slap in the face.

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