Finding the Good
I’ve fallen in love with comic Cameron Esposito. In the past year or so I’ve been heavily listening to her comedy, reading her writing, and running to her podcast. She’s insanely funny and original as a stand-up comic. Esposito has this aggression during her stand-up that echoes a lot of other excellent comics but is distinctly its own thing she let’s audiences see how much she’s enjoying controlling them.
She’s been writing a monthly column for the Onion’s A.V. Club since January of this year called Who In The World Is Cameron Esposito? And it is consistently thoughtful and intelligent while still remaining wildly entertaining. This month she wrote a particularly personal and compelling post about how dudes interact with women on city sidewalks.
Kudos to Esposito for writing it and fuck that guy featured in it. And a little bit fuck every guy everywhere, myself included.
I am, and have been for quite some time, very frustrated and exhausted by my gender and our general attitudes and behaviors. I want to rant and take action and call out every shitty thing I see a guy do in relation to women. But what Esposito has helped me understand, and I mean this in the most positive way, is that one of the most powerful and least used choices straight dudes can make is to shut our mouths.
We straight dudes don’t always need to have an opinion and even when we do we are not always entitled to have our opinion heard.
So now I’m going to choose shutting up on this topic and instead just again mention that I can’t get enough of Cameron Esposito and the way she talks about how the world works, how the world should work, and how awesome good action movies can be.
Here’s the cover of Esposito’s new stand-up album coming out on October 7th. You should totally pre-order it and be a more awesome and entertained person.