Oh Chelsea Handler. Do you really love/support other women or is this all part of your agenda? .
Drew Barrymore made an appearance on Chelsea Handler’s first Netflix show, and when she popped by they discussed how much they support and love other women. Chelsea ended the thing with this gem: “If you are a girl you should kind of like other girls, and if you don’t, your name is Angelina Jolie.” Which feels dated, but also, it felt like she was ready to target Angelina Jolie the whole time. It’s no secret that the woman hates Angelina, but apparently that usurps her ability to make a current joke and/or make light of a feud that feels very 2003.
Chelsea’s promoting her new Netflix show, so in doing that she got to write an essay for Motto magazine, which is put out by Time. She talks at length about her singledom and how single women are stigmatized by society. Which, I agree with. But my problem with Chelsea has always been that it’s all about HER, and being SNARKY, and not really about a cause. Here are some tidbits:
On the practicality of being single: I understand the urge to procreate and the beauty of having children, but on the other hand, might perhaps this “be fruitful and multiply” experiment of 7.4 billion humans on the planet possibly be due for a serious mental health and environmental check-up.
On single men: Is is the tradition in what is still mostly a man’s world, single females still bear the disproportionate brunt of single-shaming and single-bewilderment-syndrome, while men tend to receive an understanding wink and a nod regarding their bachelor achievements, bedroom conquests and beer breakfasts.
On embracing being single: It’s not just O.K. to be single for both men and women—it’s wonderful to be single, and society needs to embrace singlehood in all its splendiferous, solitary glory.
On what to say to single women: Next time you see a single woman, instead of asking her where her boyfriend, husband or eunuch is, congratulate her on her accomplished sense of self and for reaching the solitary mountaintop by herself without a ring on her finger weighing her down like a male paperweight.
I mean, I AGREE with all of this, but it’s easier said than done, as Chelsea dated the head of E! until her show was off the ground, and the rest was history. Now, Chelsea says she uses apps for sex, which is not something I believe, but I hope is true.