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Adrienne Truscott's Asking for It – feminist standup with its pants down

Sunday 8th June 2014

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Here's a dilemma: if you're a feminist comedian delivering a blisteringly funny broadside against rape jokes and the culture of casual misogyny, does it enhance or detract from your message if most of your audience are staring at your vulva? Adrienne Truscott, winner of the Panel prize at last year's Edinburgh comedy awards, plays a clever game by performing naked from the waist down. Not only is she placing herself in a tradition of activists such asFemen, who use the naked female body to protest against assaults on the female body, she's also questioning the notion of women dressing in a way that "asks for it". (She's also ensuring that a good part of her audience are men who've come to look at her bits, rather than just earnest nodding women.) ...

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