Leading comedian Sara Pascoe tells delegates at the First Women Summit about making it in a man’s world and how ‘sexiness’ is an asinine yardstick used to demoralise women.
From her roots in acting, Sara Pascoe has become one of the most recognisable faces on the British comedy circuit – regularly appearing on shows such as Live at the Apollo, Mock the Week and Taskmaster.
“[Sexiness] is used against us all the time,” she says. “No matter what you achieve, that you should crumble if someone doesn’t want to give us a kiss.
“The thing with ignorance, and that’s what that statement is, they are trying to put us off track and steal our power by telling we don’t have it or are not capable of it because of a chromosome.
“I once got into a taxi, and the driver was talking about books. He told me he didn’t read books by women as they weren’t as well researched. Now, either we can spend our entire lives arguing with that man (and I asked him who his favourite author was, and it was Andy McNab), or just fly – and they are in our shadow and behind us.
“We don’t have to convince everyone, it isn’t your job or my job to prove I can be sexy. Why? Who for? It’s all for you – do what you want to do. It is getting better all the time as we have these discussions and care about it.”
Watch the full interview below.
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