Parents, answer me this: Is it harder to be the parents of daughters or sons? If you ask my mom, and especially my dad, they'll definitely say parenting daughters is much more difficult. In his most recent stand-up special Louis CK: Live At The Comedy Store, which premiered on FX on May 28 and is now available for streaming and download on his website, Louis CK talked about how he takes his daughter becoming a teenager in stride. He knows she'll meet the challenge head on, and he's always going to be proud of her. However, his jokes show that he understands that being a girl can be different than being a boy due to issues of sex alone. And, with Louis CK's jokes, he brings up a much wider issue about gender hardships that I was glad to see him delve into. (And, he could have done even more!)
Louis CK's jokes began when he brought up that his daughter is turning 13 soon. Apparently, when he reveals this information to other parents, they always make comments about how he needs to get ready for this scary age. It's a joke even my parents were used to hearing as my sister and I were growing up. Louis explained that he doesn't worry about his daughters, but that some parents, especially dads, get really afraid of their daughters having sex and becoming adults. One of his friends in particular always asks, "She's going to start having sex, what do I do?" Louis' answer? "Well, you don't do anything." The comedian joked that the dads have no dogs in this race, they need not be supportive, advisory, whatever. Basically, stay out of it.
Then he goes on to explain that dads worry their daughters will have bad sexual experiences. But, here's the thing, Louis CK says that's inevitable. "Her whole life is going to be walking through a blizzard of bad d**ks," he joked. It's funny, because it's absolutely true, and nothing our parents say one way or the other can help us avoid that. And, later, he makes a joke about racism and sexism and how racism is a mistake and should be done away with, but sexism, unfortunately, "isn't going anywhere," because it's deep down inside what we feel about one another.
But, in this special, he doesn't seem to continue that train too much more. I'd love to see Louis CK tackle an entire hour of comedy about women's issues and sexism, especially since he's been engaging more in the conversation lately on his show. This topic needs to stay in our minds, and sometimes comedy is the best way to drive a point home.
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