There is no fiercer political weapon than laughter. Feminists have known that all along.
The nasty women of silent cinema represent crucial traces of feminist media culture from the early twentieth century—and reveal the power of new media to make visible transformative notions of femininity and female identity.
In January, Desiree Fairooz was arrested for laughing during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing. It seems ridiculous—but her indictment is not without precedent.