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Literary Spotlight: “Funny Women”

This online column at The Rumpus seeks works that are both funny and feminist.

An illustrated lemon, drawn with arms and legs and a worried expression, holds a red produce net on a hanger at arm's length.
Art by Annie Daly

The online magazine The Rumpus includes a humor column titled “Funny Women,” written by women and gender non-conforming writers who blend playful writing with hard-hitting feminist commentary. Recent essays include “Five Types of Fruit Your Body Might Be Shaped Like,” “Women from the POV of Male Creative Writing Undergrads,” and “Introducing Alex, the Male Alexa.”

“I like calling out sexism as often as possible, all day every day, and all the double standards in our society, and the way we stereotype women in order to disempower them,” says editor Elissa Bassist. “I’m interested in pieces that have something to say, essays that are critical of a systemic problem.”

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