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Social justice, the Tina Fey sketch, and the double-standard for women

"I'm not whining; just pointing out there is a very real double-bind."

"I'm not whining; just pointing out there is a very real double-bind." Saturday Night Live

Reader Rachel Munger responds to What white allies can learn from Tina Fey's cake-eating sketch:

This is a good article. But. Someone please tell me what she should have done different, as if any call for direct action on SNL wouldn't be 100% preaching to the choir.

Not only do allies who call for direct action (especially women) get called hysterical and have their views dismissed, they also historically get criticized for calling for action in a fight that isn't "really theirs." I'm not whining; just pointing out there is a very real double-bind.

So. Being a good ally means being able to take shit from people who both think you're a lazy and complacent, as well as those who think you're seizing a social justice spotlight that doesn't belong to you.

Ha! Comedians can laugh at all of this. I guess it's their gift and curse to be so comfortable with the dark.