Margaret Cho: 'An Angry Woman Is the Scariest Thing You Can Be'
From making less money than their male counterparts, to constantly having to fight for basic health and child care, American women have a lot to be angry about (looking at you, tampon tax!). Our list of grievances is long and varied, depending on our personal experiences as women, but the most infuriating thing of all—and the thing we can probably all agree on—is how messed up it is that we’re told not to complain about it.
Society tells us that angry women are not cute. Angry women of color are stereotyped and shamed moreso than their white counterparts. And all angry women who take a stand on issues that directly impact their lives, whether it’s access to abortion or gender discrimination in the workplace—are called names, stripped of their femininity, and harassed and threatened either verbally or behind the anonymity of the Internet.
On this week’s episode of Uninterrupted, we invite women to unapologetically vent about something that pisses them off, and we also chat with the comedian Margaret Cho. She’s always been an advocate for anger, and we wanted to hear how she turns her frustrations into art, as well as what she thinks about the gender politics of the 2016 election.
"I always thought that my anger was really just another shape of my strength,” Margaret tells WomensHealthMag.com. “Being an angry woman is kind of like the scariest thing that you can be in terms of the patriarchy, because we're the ones who burned our bras, we're where feminism comes from—it's anger.”
"I think as women we’re often encouraged to forgive, which isn't necessarily the right choice for some of us,” says Margaret. “You know, there's an idea that resentment or anger hurts you more than it hurts anybody else, which is probably true, but then it also denies an important emotional response."
To hear more from Margaret Cho, listen to the entire episode of Uninterrupted on iTunes or Soundcloud now.
The Women Promoted on This Episode:
Margaret Cho thinks you should check out the comedian Jenny Yang.