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Feminazi - Sydney Fringe 2013

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by Maddy Butler (subscribe)
A Sydney based writer, director, actor. Wrote and directed two plays in 2011 and is working on a web series, 'In Transit'. Loves going out and exploring what Sydney has to offer.
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Kirsty Mac gives insightful stand up routine on feminism
My three favourite things: feminism, politics and comedy. Kirsty Mac cleverly weaves these together in her stand up act 'Feminazi', a half-hour show which was part of the Sydney Fringe Festival.

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Her routine is at times belly-laugh hilarious and at times poignant, with a personal touch. We hear stories of Kirsty Mac's interactions with past boyfriends, colleagues and her brother; these anecdotes serving as funny reminders of how banal, common and persistent sexism can be. As a final note, we learn through song that Mac has no desire whatsoever to have a child.

It was US radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh who coined the term 'Feminazi', as a way to criticise and quash the feminist movement. Kirsty Mac tears him to pieces in her routine by revealing the ridiculous foundations on which he posits his arguments and illustrating that a feminist does not equate to a sexist extremist who will ruin the world for everyone.

Unsurprisingly, Tony Abbott doesn't go unmentioned. He's hot fodder for Mac, what with the Liberal Party dinner menu and Abbott's new self-appointed position as Minister for Women. As a retort, Mac constructs her own, rather amusing dinner party menu featuring members of the Liberal Party.

Comedy can be a highly effective way to make a significant statement and this is evident through the way Mac uses her sense of humour to point out the injustices of sexism in our modern society. Many people in our audience exhibited the well-known behaviour of an audience member who connects with the veracity of the comedy by throwing his or her head back with laughter while exclaiming "it's true, it's true!".


'Feminazi' is an enjoyable exploration of sexism and feminism and hopefully Mac will take this routine to other festivals around the world. Be warned: she doesn't hold back on expletives or anatomical terms, so it is not a show for the faint-hearted.

Kirsty Mac has performed stand up comedy in Australia, Canada and the UK. An example of her early comedy work can be viewed here.

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Why? For some incisive stand up comedy
When: Thurs - Sat, 7pm
Phone: 02 9550 6087
Where: Bedlam Bar Food, Glebe
Cost: $15/$5
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