Ms. ‘Bossypants’ Tina Fey on the Myth of Not Enough, sneaking feminism into comedy

Remember this first Tina-Fay-as-Sarah-Palin skit?

Tina Fey certainly does.

“You all watched a sketch about feminism and you didn’t even realize it because of all the jokes. It’s like when Jessica Seinfeld puts spinach in kids’ brownies. Suckers!” she writes in “Bossypants,” her new memoir/collection of funny essays about her life as a women, mother and comedy writer.

Fey’s hilarious book is clearly more about the state of women in comedy than the state of women and food, but she has plenty of humorous things to say that involve food, too.

Much has been written about her response to Christopher Hitchens saying that women aren’t capable of being funny. “It’s an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove that it doesn’t exist,” she writes.

I found the chapter about breastmilk and formula particularly entertaining, especially the part about using a nursing position she called the Bret Michaels, “where you kind of lie over the baby and stick your breast in its mouth to wake it up.”

And there’s this observation about chicken wings and Hooters:

The book reads like “30 Rock” with lots of quick quips and pop culture references, but she’s serious about workplace equality, especially as it pertains to how women treat each other, which she says is based on “The Myth of Not Enough.” “Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone,” she writes.

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