I once saw a really creepy guy approach an attractive young woman on the Metro. She responded as politely as she could a couple of times, then lost herself back in her headphones as he oozed slimy lust.
When it became clear the young woman wasn’t going to walk off with a creepy dude maybe twice her age once we pulled into Dunn Loring, he responded the way men so often do. “You ain’t all that.”
That’s what men do. Women’s looks are threatening. Men (OK, not all men) put themselves back in control by reducing them to body parts and facial features that are either there for men’s pleasure (if they’re great) or a slap against women’s worth (if they’re supposedly not).
So that’s one reason I’ve appreciated this season of Inside Amy Schumer, which has featured not only some side-splitting humor but some of the most provocative satire of masculinity ever aired. Last night, the entire episode was a parody of 12 Angry Men in which the men discuss whether Schumer is hot enough for basic cable.
Here’s Salon on why it’s great:
Because it’s comedy, it never loses the joke in all of its probing of toxic masculinity. It’s a masterful little trick to pull off. It goes crude and hilarious as the men trade insults about Schumer’s appearance (a “potato face,” who looks like an “uncut weiner” with an ass that makes Giamatti “furious”) and then pivots to quiet commentary on the brokenness of these men.
As the sketch progresses, men who moments before were railing against the insult of having to look at Schumer’s body, reveal the psychosexual pain that makes them hate women — and makes them believe that their attraction matters.
And it’s sweet revenge for Schumer on people like this idiot critic who found her film Trainwreck implausible because there’s “no way she’d be an object of heated romantic interest in the real world.”
No, in the real world, guys would fall all over themselves for her, no matter what they told their bros.