The Woman Who Teaches Us That Jokes Can Lead To Social Commentary
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The Woman Who Teaches Us That Jokes Can Lead To Social Commentary

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By: Diana Orozco

March 13, 2017

Movies The Woman Who Teaches Us That Jokes Can Lead To Social Commentary
Avatar of Diana Orozco

By: Diana Orozco

March 13, 2017




Amy Schumer is one of the many women who have left their mark in our society. She has raised her voice to bring awareness regarding stereotypes in media while also proving her wit, sharp sense of humor, and powerful personality can break the imposed roles constructed by society.

Her album Cutting, released in 2011, introduced the world to her brash sense of humor about sexuality, nightlife, and STIs. Her book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, has been a New York Times bestseller. Her film, Trainwreck, earned 140 million dollars at the box office and her show on Comedy Central, Inside Amy Schumer, earned her an Emmy in 2016, as well as a Peabody Award. Her HBO specials, Live at the Apollo and Mostly Sex Stuff, are also the reason she’s now a household name.

For Amy Schumer, The Leather Special represents a huge milestone in her career. The production quality of the set speaks for itself. However, here are a few more reasons for you to ditch your reluctance, open your mind, and get ready to laugh as you start to change your perception on several topics. Because there’s nothing more serious than comedy.

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She mocks everything

Anyone familiar with her past shows is aware that part of her thing is to make fun of herself. This includes her weight and appearance, but also explicit and sarcastic commentary on her sex life. In The Leather Special she includes her relationship, fame, as well as the ways the media chooses to talk about her. Despite all that negativity surrounding her, she chooses to love herself as she is.


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She criticizes the lack of gun control

Laughs can also lead to social commentary, particularly uncomfortable ones. Schumer is well aware of this, specifically when she talks about the dangers resulting from how easy it is to carry weapons in the United States. The comedian became a gun control activist after two young women were murdered when a man opened fire inside a movie theatre showing Trainwreck, in Louisiana in July of 2015.

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She’ll make you question your sex life

While the New Jersey native has certainly done her fair share of scandalously funny stand ups, this one will have you laughing as you consider some of your coitus habits. Jumping from there, the topics will go into gender equality, the media’s portrayal of women, as well as their role in a society dominated by patriarchal constructs. Schumer’s comedy will also feel a little better about those thoughts you’ve had during sex but have never said out loud.



Amy Schumer has made a name for herself as a celebrity who does not adhere to the imposed standards of being the perfect woman. Instead, through her comedy and social commentary, she presents her own response to this construct.

Two American photographers use humor and strangeness to present their takes on the social constructs that exist in the United States. Michele Abeles flips the conversation on objectification by using an objectified male figure. Genevieve Gaignard takes on multiple characters that make up the female archetypes.

Translated by María Suárez











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