If you’re like me, you’re pissed. As someone who spent a lot of my adolescence hanging out at skate parks and around many a male friend, let me share with you the complete and utter irritation of being hilarious without recognition. It’s like when you have a degree in a certain topic and you’re standing there talking to three dudes. You make a statement, they tilt their heads and suck in through their teeth, ” Ouuu, hmm, welll..” or any variation of these come streaming out of their skeptical faces UNTIL of course, another man agrees or states “yea, no, she’s right.” The tiresome years of pouring over research, going into debt for your academic pursuits are no match for the confirmation given by a heterosexual male. With penis behind you, you are now seen as credible. The same phenomena occurs for women applying for research grants. Recent research in gender bias in the academic world has shown that when selecting women academics for research projects, your chances improve considerably when you are supported or “under the wing” of a male academic. A shortcut -you could always change your name on these applications to a male name, which research shows will also improve your likelihood for acceptance.

I can not tell you the number of times I say something funny that had it been delivered with a side of penis- it would receive a laugh, but like most heterosexual men, they just can’t get passed the labia. There’s a joke in there somewhere. Carry on. Double standards exist, sarcastic males are silly and charming, whereas sarcastic females often thought of as “bitchy.” I often notice a lot of women who write comedy sketches do so from a feminist perspective, making fun of the stereotypes given to us; their writing is inspired by the ridiculous and ignorant. Feminist comedy sketches are thriving. Funny women like Tina Fey, Cecile Strong and Amy Schumer show us that women can kill at sketch comedy. They prove to naysayers what we already know about ourselves- that women ARE funny. In this spirit, I’d like to encourage any of you who might be interested in comedic writing for film shorts to take advantage of this opportunity.


Funny Women,
 supported by Benefit cosmetics is dedicated to helping aspiring female comics and script writers.

Your film must:

  • Be 1-3 minutes in length
  • Be an original piece of work, with full permissions from everyone involved
  • Be produced and devised by a women (although male cast members are totally fine)
  • Closing date for entries is Monday 31st August 2015. Submissions after this date will not be accepted

For more details click here: http://funnywomen.com/funny-women-awards/comedy-shorts-award/

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