Her stand-up special Nanette was one of the most discussed acts in the genre of comedy during the peak of the #MeToo movement since it was a comment of homophobia and homophobic violence and much of it was drawn from her personal experience. Comedian Hannah Gadsby is known for her scathing critique on misogyny and now her newest show, Douglas on Netflix is something people are looking forward too.
There is an innate fear among many men about coming across as unmasculine
Interestingly, she was due to retire from comedy however, her show Nanette really took off; she even won an Emmy in 2019 for writing and counts icons like Emma Thompson among her fans. “It really is mind-boggling what’s happened to me. Literally, my mind is boggling. Actually, that’s not literal: I don’t know what boggling means,” she said. One of the biggest themes in this Aussie comedian’s shows is masculinity and misogyny and she feels there is an innate fear among many men about coming across as unmasculine. “If you consider many of those in power, those who claim to be “leading” the world at the moment, you’ve got a lot of hypermasculine man-babies, with terrible hair and no ability to compromise. These are the cool guys who are taking us all to hell in a handbasket they didn’t pay for.”
Men should start adding feminine traits to their manly recipe
Today, more than ever before, women are being called to action to add masculine traits to their “feminine recipe”, like “be bolder”, “speak up” and even “lean in” and so much more. Hence, it only makes sense that men should be doing the same; adding feminine traits to their manly recipe. Gadsby suggests that men can “How about you scale back on your confidence? How about you try not to act in every situation? What if you tried to refrain from sharing your opinions or co-opting other people’s ideas? … How about you try pretending that you’re the least powerful person in any room and that no matter how hard you work you’ll never be the most powerful. Walk around like that for a couple of weeks. And then call your mother.” While it’s not the fault of men that they were born into a world where masculinity is warped and where misogyny reigns supreme, Gadsby wants to encourage men to step up to the table. “I didn’t feel like a powerful person at all. I was always a very low status. And now I have a high status. I have a platform, and a lot of people will read or listen to what I say. I am not, as an individual, oppressed anymore,” she added.
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