“The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” by Amy Schumer


asteriaiconI had never heard of Amy Schumer until Trainwreck came out. I watched the movie, but felt it was just…meh. She can be funny, but a lot of her humour just isn’t my style. Still, I have read a few other female comedians’ books, so I thought I would give her book a try. She read her own audiobook, which I always appreciate, and I enjoyed her story in her own voice.

Amy Schumer has lived an interesting life. She came from a very affluent family who lost it all. She understands life as a rich girl, and as a poor girl. She understands hard work, having worked her ass off on the comedy circuit to become a famous actress and comedian. She surprisingly is an introvert, and values quiet in order to recharge. Schumer is very passionate and vocal about social issues such as gun control, rape and feminism. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she does not seem to have a very strong relationship with her mother. Her father however, battles multiple sclerosis, and this is perhaps where I connected to her the most. She does not give a shit what you think of her, and she strongly promotes self-love, calling out body shamers and Hollywood for telling her to weigh less than 140lbs.

Schumer is a very sexual being, and I sometimes valued it, and sometimes was kind of bored with it. She is very open about sex, her vagina, and about her sexual experiences both good and bad. I appreciated her honesty on rape and domestic abuse. I feel it needs to be discussed openly if it is ever to change, and I am glad we are finally starting to see culture openly discuss such things. But having said that, I didn’t care who she slept with or how big their dick was. I don’t want to come off as a prude; I think sex is a natural part of life and nothing to be ashamed of, however, I just feel some things I don’t need to know. I do not need to know your vag smells like a barn yard animal, or a famous hockey player’s dick is too big.

I love that she isn’t afraid to stand up for herself and promotes loving yourself and your body. She calls out beauty standards, and tells people to embrace their size. Yet, she can still be self-deprecating, which I find sad. It is hard to hear someone so outspoken call themselves a fat ass.

In general, I have a new appreciation for Amy Schumer than I had after Trainwreck. I may not find her brand of humour appealing, but I definitely appreciate her as a person. I love her honesty and openness, her ability to fight for what she believes in, and her stance on body confidence. I have noticed since reading her book that she has a new movie coming out pertaining to how one views themselves, and have seen her pictured at a March for Our Lives rally. I am looking forward to seeing what else she does in the future both on and off camera.

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