So, I’m in yet another airport post-security waiting lounge, frustrated by the complicated, infuriating process that has become air travel, looking for something to read until I board, and the bright-red cover of Vanity Fair magazine’s April 2016 special “Sisters” issue grabs my attention. On the cover is an amazing glamour-girl photo by Annie Leibovitz of Amy Schumer.
Inside, a story about Schumer and her “relatability” and how it has fueled her career. One of the Leibovitz photos accompanying the article has Schumer straddling a rocket as though to symbolize the ride she has been on since launching her career at the Gotham Comedy Club in 2004.
Schumer’s been praised for, among other things, her form of subversive-feminism comedy. She’s been deemed “the radical frontrunner of feminist comedy.” She’s funny, political, smart, attractive and sexually aggressive. So of course she is going to attract the internet trolls, but she doesn’t seem to be fazed by them. In fact, as a feminist she seems to embody the philosophy of 21st century or Fourth Wave feminism which proposes bringing men and women together in the fight for equality.
At the 2014 Gloria Awards and Gala, hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women, Schumer gave a powerful, funny and moving acceptance speech about recognizing her own worth in which she said she came to the realization that: “I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you."