Thursday, March 26, 2009

Nellie McKay: "Mother of Pearl" and "If I Had You"

I'd say this is funny, but apparently I don't have a sense of humor.

Feminists don't have a sense of humor
Feminists just want to be alone (boo-hoo)
Feminists spread vicious lies and rumor
They have a tumor on their funny bone

They say child molestation isn't funny
Rape and degradation's just a crime (lighten up, ladies)
Rampant prostitution, sex for money (what's wrong with that)
Can't these chicks do anything but whine

Dance break
(Take it off)

They say cheap objectification isn't witty, it's hot
Equal work and wages worth the fight (sing us a new one)
On demand abortion, every city (okay, but no gun control)
Won't these women ever get a life

Feminists don't have a sense of humor (poor Hilary)
Feminists and vegetarians
Feminists spread vicious lies and rumor
They're far too sensitive to ever be a ham
That's why these feminists just need to find a man

I'm Dennis Kucinich, and I approve this message


Anonymous said...

I love Nellie McKay! My favourite song of hers is Sari, about apologizing for all the "wrong" things that women do.


Anonymous said...

Hope you know this is satire, I'm sure you do, but anyway... :P Nellie McKay is a feminist, she has said so many times. She's also a vegan, hence the vegetarian joke too. I love this song.

Anonymous said...

Feminist sense of humor, huh?

Let's have an example of the feminist sense of humor, shall we?

2007, an article in the Central Connecticut University's newspaper, The Recorder. I'm sure you heard of it. It was billed by the author as satire, from the outset. It was never touted as a serious piece.

It was attacked by feminists, the author deemed pure evil, told that that subject is off limits forever period (free speech, where?), and so forth.

Feminists did not consider it satire.

Moving on, we have...Valerie Solanas. In 1968 she writes a piece encouraging and advocating killing every single man on Earth.

It was never touted as "satire". One could easily see she was serious, considering she attempted to murder Andy Warhol, whom never fully recovered from the injuries for the rest of his life.

Only after this brought her reprehensible, violent self into the spotlight, did she attempt to save face by claiming it was "satire" (most likely because it would be easily held against her, given her actions.)

However, this claim of "satire", immediately gives her a free pass from feminists.

In such situations as feminists say "No feminist hates all men! That's just a stereotype!", and a man speaks the name of Solanas, or her "manifesto", that feminist will immediately leap to the defense, and claim "satire!" "Dark humor!", "not serious!".


I'll stay as far away from the "feminist sense of humor" as I possibly can.

Amelia said...


In such situations as feminists say "No feminist hates all men! That's just a stereotype!", and a man speaks the name of Solanas, or her "manifesto", that feminist will immediately leap to the defense, and claim "satire!" "Dark humor!", "not serious!".

Generalizations. These just ruined your entire argument. Because you have no proof that any of the feminists at this blog would do such a thing, therefore defeating your own argument that feminists would automatically defend one of their own.

I am not familiar with the examples you sighted, anyway. Don't assume you know how all feminists would react to such situations. Your generalizations only serve to prove that you really have no knowledge of a group you seem to dislike so very much.

lindsay said...


I'm not familiar with the Connecticut Recorder piece. Could you provide a link?

Also, the SCUM Manifesto is a piece of radical feminist writing by someone who, from what I understand, probably was not in good mental health. I certainly don't think Solanas speaks for me as a feminist. I don't condone violence against anyone based on gender - female, male or otherwise.

It's unfortunate that you seem to have a hard time separating the stereotypes from the actual lived experiences of people. If you don't think feminists can be funny, I suggest taking a look at Sarah Haskin's Target: Women pieces on Current TV. They look at the way marketers stereotype women in attempts to sell products - if anything, redeeming your point of view and examples. You should check it out.

As for the piece I posted, you also seemed to miss the intent of the songwriter. To me, the lyrics expose the ridiculousness of "feminists can't take a joke" by contrasting what feminists actually fight for with the idea that we are all humorless. Although the lyrics left many important things out (I think we, as feminists, should also discuss race, class, sexual orientation and ability as much as we do equal pay - and all the ways these different aspects of our lives intersect), it's a funny way of showing how people think we're not funny.

@satisfaction & Anon1
I'll have to check out more of her work!