Reading the Perfect Amy Poehler’s Perfect Thoughts on Feminism is the Perfect Way to Start Your Day
11:15 am, July 10th | by Colette McIntyre
If you haven’t read Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler’s interview with Time Out New York, stop everything you’re doing — yes, including eating that bagel…although where did you get that? It looks delish! …Oh yeah? I should check that out…— and click right here and get ready for a deluge of magic and quips and delight that’ll whisk you away from your corner desk. And no, I’m not being hyperbolic; it really is that good because our imaginary BFF and non-romantic life partner Amy Poehler is that good.
We find it utterly apropos that this hullabaloo of actresses coming out and disowning feminism ends with Amy Poehler sticking it to The Man and sticking up for feminism, feminists, and Kathleen Hannas everywhere. When asked how feminism relates to her hilarious and genuinely inspirational web series Smart Girls and Ask Amy, the comedian said that feminism has informed much of what she does:
It’s always just been in my nature—it’s just kind of my everyday. Sometimes I access it in a conscious way, but it wasn’t always the headline of stuff that I was doing. We just had Gloria Steinem do ASSSSCAT, which was so great. [Musician and activist] Kathleen Hanna came, and I’m just a huge Kathleen Hanna fan. She, for me, was closer in age and a practicing and working feminist, at the time, that I related to. When I was in my late twenties and thirties, there were these amazing female musicians, like PJ Harvey and Björk and Kim Gordon.… These musicians are all still around, but, I mean, they were the most popular musicians! Just constant, really interesting women; sex wasn’t their currency, but they were really sexy and sexual. I gave you a long-winded answer. [Laughs] So the answer is: Yes, I consider myself a feminist, and it informs my work only in that it’s just who I am, in the same way that I’m a woman, or I’m 5’2″ or whatever. I was lucky that I came through a system that had many people who did much more hard work and road-clearing before I got there.
Heck yes, Amy Poehler is a feminist and Gloria Steinem performed improv! These are all great, true things! Now go ahead and conquer your day, tiger! You can do it!