There's something to be said about giving general, human respect and demanding it when that same respect is not given. Amy Schumer spoke to that sentiment at the Glamour UK's Women of the Year Awards, where she said some majorly body positive things in her Trailblazer acceptance speech that may have ruffled some archaic feathers. You see, not only did Schumer get up to the podium and proclaim her greatness, she did it with the ultimate chutzpah. And, it was nothing short of inspirational. Us Weekly quoted her as saying,
"I'm probably, like, 160 pounds right now and I can catch a d**k whenever I want. Like, that's the truth. It's not a problem. I'm not going to apologize for who I am, and I'm going to actually love the skin that I'm in. And I'm not going to be striving for some other version of myself."
Sure, it may not seem like much, but the comedian’s statement meant a whole lot to me. Much more, in fact, than any well-rehearsed, fancy-worded diatribe could have done. It was real and raw and hopefully the same sort of spirit carries over into other award speeches to come.
Here are the four best aspects of Schumer’s kick ass statement:
1. She stated her approximate weight.
Not that I think anyone should be obligated to tell people what they weigh, or even that I feel comfortable doing it myself, but by Schumer so bluntly revealing her weight, in essence, she made it no big deal. And, she made it easier for others to feel more inclined to do the same. There was no jaw-dropping moment, no crowds with pitch forks and torches. She weighs that much? Cool. It's truly is just a number. And, a number she's happy with at that.
2. She "catches d**ks."
I'm fully aware she's a comedian, and yes, the sentence in and of itself is comical, but her crude usage and nonchalance is what is actually important here. She didn't say she had no problem, "Getting a date." She was talking about sex, specifically, because there isn't anything radical about a woman, of any size or shape, wanting and getting some action. *Screams from the rooftops*
3. Her most important opinion is her own.
Clearly, Schumer's success speaks to the fact that she doesn't need validation from anyone but herself.
4. She's confident and vocal about it.
I've often heard (and felt) the sentiment that women who are confident and assertive are considered b**ches, whereas men of the same demeanor are considered strong. So, Schumer's refusal to apologize for being comfortable and proud of herself is not only refreshing, but essential. Loving herself doesn't make her a b**ch, it makes her happy.