Holy crap, has pop culture finally started to embrace the lighter side of feminism? Women’s recent near-takeover of the funny business (thanks, Tina, Amy, Wanda, Julia, et al!) seems to have forged, if not quite a trend, a very promising blip: Not one, but two, undeniably feminist projects sold under the non-ironic label of “comedy.” First came the news last week that Current TV’s Sarah Haskins – who sends up everything from yogurt commercials to Lifetime TV in her tears-of-laughter-inducing Target Women web series – just sold a screenplay. (Please, Gods of Hollywood, let it actually get made.) Then HBO signed a development deal for a comedy called Women’s Studies, from former Daily Show and Colbert Report exec producerBen Karlin and NYPD Blue writer/producer Theresa Rebeck. Tony winner Julie White will likely star as a former “feminist It girl” author who’s now teaching at a small Northeastern college. (Please, Gods of HBO, let this happen, too. Remember, you do have Entourage to atone for.) That’s right, folks: Not only are women funny – feminism is. To laugh with, not at.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you looking forward to Haskins’ movie and Women’s Studies? Can feminism be funny?