In February of 2018, a short satirical piece on McSweeney's became a viral sensation: "New Erotica for Feminists" attracted over a million page views and six figures worth of Facebook shares within weeks. The premise? Subverting common romance and adult genre tropes into hilarious, hot and very bothered feminist fantasies where equal pay, a diverse Congress, and an immortal Ruth Bader Ginsburg are made manifest.
The authors of that piece, Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer, are comedy writers and founders of The Belladonna. By popular demand, they've expanded the original twelve vignettes into New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay. It's a smart, timely, and relatable book that balances our need to laugh through the pain with an earnest invocation for change--a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on. It will get you in the mood...to make a difference.
Caitlin Kunkel will be with us this evening for an interactive conversation in which she'll invite the audience to share feminist fantasies of their own. She is a comedy writer and satirist whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and Live Wire Radio, among others. She is the co-founder of the comedy and satire site for women and non-binary authors, The Belladonna. She created the online satire writing program for The Secondary City and teaches in New York at Magnet Theater and Catapult.