Feminism And The Raunchy Female Comedy

Feminism And The Raunchy Female Comedy

Why we need a side of over-the-top ridiculousness in our feminism.

A few nights ago, I watched A Bad Mom’s Christmas with my friends. This was only because we got to the theater too late to watch Thor: Ragnarok, but I didn’t ultimately end up regretting the experience. I’m a film student, so it’s often my instinct to look down on low-brow comedy as an art form, even if I enjoy it. However, I’ve always had respect for movies with mostly female casts that are shameless in their comic explorations of sex, friendship, and the struggles that come with being a woman.

This sub-genre of comedy hasn’t existed for long. We can probably trace it back to Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin in the classic 9 to 5. This movie is significant in that it’s a film that allows women to be funny in a non-romantic comedy context. In fact, the main storyline revolves around taking down a man who has power over the three women and abuses that power. It takes its themes from 2nd wave feminism, exploring sexual harassment in the workplace and the demeaning nature of “pink collar” jobs.

Bad Moms doesn’t have the same obvious feminist undertones, but there are some similarities to its forebearer. Both satirize the ridiculous expectations for women, whether in the office or at home. Both are about three women who are isolated and powerless alone because of these expectations, but through their friendships are able to gain strength. Bad Moms, however, explores mother-daughter relationships, which in many ways are more complex that boss-secretary. The main storyline involves a mother and daughter who both believe that their worth is derived from being perfect. Whether this perfection involves throwing a Christmas party or being a perfect mom, at its root it comes from pressure by society that a woman’s purpose is to make everyone else’s life “perfect” while ignoring her own needs.

There’s a scene in the movie when the three friends decide to not care about this ideal and do Christmas “their way,” which involves getting obscenely drunk at a mall and gyrating on Santa Claus, and I think that exemplifies the genre pretty well. We as a gender are still rebelling against the puritanical idea that women shouldn’t want to drink or have sex the way men do, and instead should be content shopping and wrapping presents at home for all of December. The main conflict of the story is between a mother who accepts these constraints and a daughter who refuses them.

Yes, the movie is formulaic, and probably the same basic plot as the first Bad Moms (I haven’t seen it), but it speaks to something deeper: our need as women to see parodied versions of our lives on screen. 9 to 5, Bridesmaids, Mean Girls, Clueless, et cetera all accomplish this purpose. Like these films, Bad Moms is absolutely ridiculous at parts, but that’s the point. The raunchy, over-the-top-ness of the comedy is what makes the viewer realize the insanity of the female condition. And seeing it in a theater reflected back to us makes it a little more bearable.

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5 Things Girls Shouldn't feel Obligated to do

There is only 24 hours in a day- we don't have time for everything

In this day and age, there is so much pressure on girls to have perfect everything. Truth is, we simply don't have the time or effort for all of these things. Additionally, some of us just don't have a desire to have these things either, and that's completely okay. Here are the 5 things that put pressure on us ladies to have all the time.  

A full face of makeup

Yes, most of us like to be glam and fashionable. But at 5 a.m on a Monday morning, we really aren't going to waste time to put a full face of makeup on, let alone any. So men, when you see us at the gym or school or work without makeup, don't freak out. There is something called natural beauty... You should get used to it. We can be just as pretty without makeup.

Fresh Manicure/Pedicure

Lets be honest, manicures and pedicures can be expensive as hell. We love to have flashy nails, but it is a hardship on the wallet. Therefore, we can go out with natural nails. Who wanted to pay $40 for acrylics that you couldn't do anything with anyways?

Bikini Wax

Some days we want a full bush, others we want it smooth down there. What is not okay is a man demanding that it's one way or another. We can wear it how we want. If he wants to complain, he can go through the pain of the Brazilian. Not to mention, the cost of it as well.

Wear dresses/skirts

Ladies, we can wear what we want. We don't always have to be dressed like a Barbie doll. We can be pretty in sweatpants too.

Hair Removal

Waxing, creams, shaving. AGH! Too much pressure. We shouldn't feel obligated to shave our legs, hair remove our peach fuzz, or wherever the hell there is hair. Don't let anyone change that either.

There is far too much pressure on us girls these days to do all of these things. At the end of the day, it matters that you are healthy or happy. Not if you had a full face of makeup on that day. Sure, it sometimes feels good to get all glammed up, but some days there is just not enough time and its too low on the spectrum of important things. So ladies, next time you feel obligated to any of these things, get over it. Focus on the important. 


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I Should Have Asked You On Valentine's Day

Morgan, this one is for you.

Dear Morgan,

February 20th, 2018 will be the marking point of two years since the day I asked you to date me. We were so young back then and to be honest, it feels like forever ago. You are still the big-hearted girl that stole my heart.

As a tribute to you, I added song lyrics from oldies that I think define my feelings for you. That and because you never let me listen to my oldies during car rides. Sure maybe it’s weird, but you knew what you were getting into when we started dating.

“Then I saw her face, Now I'm a believer, Not a trace, of doubt in my mind, I'm in love, and I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried” – Believer by The Monkees (1967)

First, I just want to apologize for not asking you out on Valentine’s Day, two years ago. Looking back, it would have been a lot more romantic to have brought you balloons and a teddy bear on Valentine’s Day and then ask you to be my girlfriend. Believe me, that was the original plan but I thought it was too cliché. Besides being rejected is scary as hell. Like I was really scared.

“I've got sunshine on a cloudy day, With my girl (My girl). I've even got the month of May, With my girl (My girl, woah)”- My Girl by the Temptations (1965)

What is even scarier is writing this article to you. Again, I was going to do it on Valentine’s Day but I thought it will mean more to do it on an even more memorable day, February 20th. I am writing my love for you, to the world, for everyone to see. Yes, there will be jokes and comments, but what I learned in life is that does not matter. What matters is that you will love it. You will think that this is sweet. This will make you smile and that is all that really matters to me.

“You have found her, now go and get her. Remember to let her into your heart, Then you can start to make it better” – Hey Jude by the Beetles (1968)

So, here is the part where I tell you how I feel. The nerves that are rushing through me right now is crazy. Writing about sports and politics are easy but to put yourself and your emotions out there is a whole different game. As you know, after these last two years, I’m not an emotional or personal feelings type of person but here we go.

“When you hold me, In your arms so tight. You let me know, Everything's all right. I'm hooked on a feelin. I'm high on believing, That you're in love with me”- Hooked On a Feeling by Blue Suede (1974)

Morgan, these last couple of years have been an amazing experience. Yes, we broke up for a couple months and had our issues. What great relationships don't? But we figured them out. I would not trade this relationship in for the world. The smile I get when I think about those old memories. How much we matured and changed. The warm feeling I get when you smile. Let’s keep making new memories for infinity and beyond.

“And every night and every day. I'm gonna get you, I'm gonna get you. Look out 'cause I'm gonna get you. And I'm gonna make...

"I'm gonna make you love me. Oh, oh. (Yes I will)” – I’m Gonna Make You Love Me by The Supremes & The Temptations.

"Cause baby there ain't no mountain high enough. Ain't no valley low enough. Ain't no river wide enough. To keep me from getting to you babe " - Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Diane Ross (1970)

Hopefully, Odyssey editors will have this released before or on the 20th or this article will be very akward.

I lied this song isn’t an oldie but you know why I had to include it.

“So I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you
And I'm gonna hold you like I'm saying goodbye
Wherever we're standing
I won't take you for granted
'Cause we'll never know when, when we'll run out of time

So I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you
I'm gonna love you like I'm gonna lose you”

-Like I’m Gonna Lose You

Mehgan Trainor and John Legend

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