This is a fantastic ELLE interview with Lizz Winstead. I have seen her on some of the morning and afternoon talk shows; and I’ve been a fan of Lady Parts Justice, as soon as I was made aware of the organization.
If you don’t know who Lizz Winstead is, the first couple of paragraphs should give you a good idea – and the first parts of the interview talk about what its like in the comedy industry. Check out the whole interview, because she has an interesting perspective on the importance of legislating the lady parts.
On her first day as showrunner and co-creator of the Daily Show, Lizz Winstead had to lay down the law. She gathered her just assembled staff together and told them that they could not meet drug dealers in the office. “I told them they had to meet them at the diner down the block,” she remembers. “And I was absolutely terrified. I was terrified of being the boss, the Man, the sell-out. I was so full of self-doubt.”
Winstead is the first to acknowledge that a man in her position might not have been so hesitant: “It’s not entitlement, exactly. It’s just that there’s not a barrier for them of wondering why they are there. …Meanwhile, I was sure my whole staff was going to hate me, because I had rules now! Like, turns out you can’t buy your illegal drugs at the office!”
She has since overcome such professional uncertainty. After leaving the Daily Show, the comedian, writer, producer, and professional rabble-rouser has toured all over the country, authored satirical political commentary for the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and published a book of essays, Lizz Free or Die. Her most recent project is Lady Parts Justice—a rally cry for reproductive health and choice so christened to mock the Michigan state legislators that banned the word “vagina” from the statehouse floor. (I mean, really!)