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Sarah Haskins: Everybody Poops. Except For Women.

Posted by Clem Bastow on October 10, 2008

Hey, guess what? Sarah Haskins still rules!

For some reason I can’t get this video to stop auto-playing (good work on your Firefox 3 compatibility, VodPod/WordPress), so hop over the jump for Target: Women‘s latest, Number Twos…

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Old Women Are Funny, An Ongoing Series

Posted by Clem Bastow on October 1, 2008

The Dawn Chorus has occasionally dipped its toe in the waters of how the media treats older women – in short, if you’re not “hot“, you must be weird looking and ugly. So maybe this little corker from My Ticketmaster’s mail-out for a special offer on tickets to Menopause: The Musical can be brushed off as “humour”:

Granted, the musical pokes fun at the concept of menopause and plays with the (mis)conceptions surrounding “the things that happen to women”, as Dr Derek Llewellen Jones put it.

But is it too much to dream of a day when old women don’t have to be hilarious, or hot, or cronelike, and instead are celebrated for being the wise, amazing women they are?

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Women We Love: Sarah Haskins

Posted by Clem Bastow on September 23, 2008

Of all the “online sensations” that the internets have birthed, few will be worthy of our attention in the years to come – hell, most are forgotten within weeks, destined to crop up in “Remember When…” features about YouTube superstars and people who penned angry bulk emails about the spaghetti stains in the office microwave and then sent it to the UN, or whatever. But there are some people who have been brought to our attention thanks largely to the wonders of ‘new media’, and for that we must be eternally grateful – one such “discovery” is Sarah Haskins.

I’ve written extensively about Haskins’ hilarious work with Target:Women, an offshoot of liberal media organisation Current TV’s news and culture magazine show, infoMania. In each episode, Haskins expertly skewers the idiocy-infused world of gender-targeted marketing, from yoghurt ads featuring women wearing grey hoodies (“It says, ‘I have a Master’s, but then I got married'”) to wedding shows (Bridezilla versus Momra) and slow motion time machines that come out of crockpots (“Wooooow!”). In short, in as-non-stalky-as-possible terms, she’s a superstar. A Chicago native who rose (and is rising) through the ranks of the comedy world, a proud feminist, and a generally kickass chick, Haskins makes us all feel that the future of the media is in safe hands.

So, who better to hit up for one of our regular Women We Love interviews than the woman herself? Sexy, clean, cool, fun, healthy, beautiful, large, UNDERPANTS, let’s Target: Sarah Haskins!

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The Dawn Chorus: When did you decide you wanted to head into comedy writing? Did you have a formative comedy moment?

Sarah Haskins: “I did have a formative comedy moment, which is unusual. Normally I just stumble into things.

“I started doing improv in college and during the winter of my freshman year I went home to Chicago and saw a show at the Second City. (I am not sure if your readers know about Second City – it’s a comedy theater that creates social and political satire through sketch comedy and many of its alumni end up doing cool things: Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Chris Farley, etc, etc.) The show was so smart and funny I loved it and wanted to perform on that stage.

“Also, on a more embarrassing note, I loved the first Austin Powers movie and thought it would be really fun to work on a project like that.”

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Do You Know What It Feels Like For A Girl?

Posted by Lee on September 15, 2008

The genius that is the delightfully crude Sarah Silverman attempts to answer that question for us in the spectacularly awesome video below on vaginal rejuvenation.

I hope I wake up tomorrow and find out I am Sarah Silverman.

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Yes, Sarah Haskins Is Still A Goddess

Posted by Clem Bastow on August 25, 2008

Some Mondays just don’t seem to be able to get started – and then you remember, Sarah Haskins has a new Target: Women vid online! About chick flicks!

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Is there nothing this woman can’t expertly spear? I’m going to send her a fan letter suggesting we be best friends.

(By the way, Sarah, nice haircut! In a non-stalky way.)

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Weekend Love-In Reprise: Sarah Haskins

Posted by Clem Bastow on August 2, 2008

I know, I’ve fawned over Sarah Haskins before – but that’s because she’s amazing! Here’s her latest edition of Target Women: Birth Control, from that wacky, crazy land where the pill and other birth control is advertised in fashion magazines and on television rather than spoken about in hushed tones by fatherly pharmacists. Which would you prefer? (Hmm, how about, neither!)

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Fewer periods, yaaay! Now we don’t have to leave the tribe and go sit in that hut for a week!

We still love you, Sarah Haskins!

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Sarah Haskins Is Still A Goddess

Posted by Clem Bastow on July 21, 2008

To help combat Mondayitis, here’s the wondrous Sarah Haskins’ latest effort for Target Women: Feeding Your F–king Family!

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Mom wants a Manwich, too!

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Corinne Grant On Polyandry

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 29, 2008

Polygamy is one of those topics of conversation that everyone likes to have an opinion about, but that – thanks in no small part, I’m sure, to the popularity of Big Love – a lot of people (mostly men) secretly like the idea of. One of those people is Sheik Khalil Chami of the Islamic Welfare Centre, who thinks that polygamy and polygamous relationships should be made a-okay in Australia.

Fortunately we have Corinne Grant on hand at The Age to set everyone straight about why polygamous relationships aren’t so crash hot. Only rather than going on a page-long tirade at the end of which Bill Paxton’s sunny backyard kinda looks rather nice, she harnesses the power of funny and makes you laugh until you cry “NO WAY IN HELL!”, and broadsides a relationship/gender stereotype or fifty in the process:

Firstly, chicks have become more and more demanding since feminism came along and the poor guys are having a hard time meeting all of our demands. Maybe it’s time we gave them a break and learnt to spread our uppity ways over a broader base. So, I’d like 15 husbands, please. I’ll have one who remembers my name. I’ll have another one who remembers my birthday. I’ll have one who reads the care instructions on my smalls before throwing them in the washing machine and I’ll have one that calls when he says he will. The other 11 can just sit around with their shirts off looking pretty.


The Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has said that polygamy will remain outside the law in Australia. I am disappointed and I respectfully ask him to reconsider. He could at least look at implementing something like an exchange policy on husbands, much like they have in car dealerships. I would be far more willing to get married if I knew that I could trade up every two years. If my bloke stopped treating me well or had an affair, it wouldn’t matter. In another few months I would have a brand new one and we could spend the next couple of years blissfully tearing apart each other’s self-esteem and trust. Now that’s true romance.

Anyone feel like grabbing a few extra wives to go now? Or even getting married in the first place?? Christopher Hitchens take note.

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Weekend Love-In: We Love You, Sarah Haskins

Posted by Clem Bastow on June 28, 2008

Regular readers of Feministing and Salon will have recently been introduced to the wonder that is Sarah Haskins. She is a whip-smart and seriously hilarious woman; according to this interview, she’s a Harvard grad and a Chicago comedy scene regular now based in LA.

Target Women is her regular segment of online show InfoMania on Current (the liberal network founded by Al Gore), and to celebrate the weekend, I’d like to introduce you to the video that started this global love-in: Yoghurt.

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You can find more of her fine work at Current here. We love you, Sarah Haskins!

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