Amy Schumer Is The Inspiration We Desperately Need

Comedian, Amy Schumer won Glamour UK’s award for Trailblazer of the Year thanks in part to the fact that she’s one of the biggest female comics in the business right now, and she’s only getting bigger. Her show Inside Amy Schumer on The Comedy Network constantly makes us see the funny side of issues women everywhere are facing on a daily basis. She’s not afraid to be politically incorrect, and she’s willing to be just as raunchy as all the male comics are, because that’s what comedy is all about.

  1. She can laugh at herself. When she pretended to fall in front of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the red carpet and they didn’t even crack a smile? That just made the whole thing even funnier.
  2. She’s not obsessed with being thin. During her speech, she said “I’m probably 160 pounds right now, and I can catch a penis whenever I want. That’s the truth. It’s not a problem.” She knows she doesn’t have to be as skinny as possible to have sex, and she’s proud of it.
  3. She’s ambitious. Which you have to be if you want to be a successful comedian, and a female comedian at that. She’s not content to do occasional stand up. She went from Last Comic Standing, to her own show, to the lead in a movie (Trainwreck, coming out in July).
  4. She accepts herself for who she is. She said, “I’m not going to apologize for who I am. I’m just going to love the skin I’m in, and not strive for some other version of myself.” We’d all be a lot happier if we did the same.
  5. She’s making feminism hilarious. Gender equality doesn’t have to be so serious all the time. Sometimes making fun of something is the best way to get people to understand different perspectives, and Amy is definitely a pro at that.
  6. She challenges double standards. Her sketch “Last F*ckable Day” about the double standards affecting the careers of women in Hollywood perfectly sums up how she feels about both ageism and sexism.
  7. She’s breaking down stereotypes. In Trainwreck (which she wrote), she plays a commitment-phobic, career-focused woman who prefers casual sex to real relationships, which is typically a role filled by a male character. But there are just as many women out there who can relate to the anti-monogamy mindset that will appreciate her point of view.
  8. She’s open about sex. Male comedians have joked about sex in the raunchiest of ways since the beginning of stand-up comedy, so it’s great to hear a woman’s perspective. Like her stance on faking orgasms: “It’s our way of saying, ‘Wrap it up!’”
By day, Courtney is a digital marketing copywriter living in Toronto, Canada. By night, she's a freelance lifestyle writer who, in addition to, contributes regularly to, IN Magazine, and SheBlogs Canada. Want to chat about relationships, Stephen King or your favorite true crime podcast/documentary/book? She's on Twitter @courtooo.