Breaking Gender Stereotypes


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The image of women in popular culture is dominated by what others dictate. Some have taken to humor to critique this state of affairs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two well-known figures that have taken to this style of humor.

Adhiti Chundur, Beats Editor

To Actress Tina Fey, her 20th appearance on the ‘Late Show’ means an end to dressing up.

“This is my last time wearing a fancy dress on a talk show and conforming to gender norms out of respect for you,” she said on the show.

Fey described the medical-like contraptions that enable her to fit into her dresses. As a tribute, she gifted Letterman with her last fancy dress: stripping down to her undergarments, which were graced with the words ‘Bye Dave!’ and “#Last Dress Ever.’

Fey cloaks important messages through humor, which is much more palatable. And with this humorous farewell comes an important message.

Instead of dressing and acting as per the expectations of society, women and girls can break out of this expectation cycle, and dress for who they are and how they want to project themselves.