I always thought that farts were funny and I always thought that they were mine to talk about because they came out of my body. Or I heard them …coming out of other people’s bodies, so they’re part of my experience. …I never thought of it as something that a woman or a girl wouldn’t talk about.
I think I was aware when I started doing stand-up, especially on my own, that, ‘Yeah, I’m getting up on stage and I’m a woman and I dress in a sort of typically feminine fashion.’ I like to wear dresses and skirts when I go onstage because the attitude that I have is: ‘I’m so excited to introduce myself to you. And I want to be wearing what I’d be wearing to a date or a dinner party.’
I guess when I’m up there maybe I’m imagining a world where my nature is celebrated — and my gender is just part of it.
About a year ago I was walking home from class on a rainy day when a man slowed his car next to me and, assuming I was female, began catcalling me. He offered me a ride. He repeatedly asked for my number, asked if I had a boyfriend.
If you’re male, this is something you are never taught how to deal with. You hear stories about catcalling and harassment but you never understand how invasive it is until you experience it firsthand.