Nicole Tersigni on Using Humor and Creativity to Address Social Issues
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Nicole Tersigni is a comedic writer who lives in Metro Detroit with her husband, daughter, and two dogs. Since childhood, Nicole has felt an intense need to diffuse uncomfortable moments with laughter, so writing a book that finds humor in dealing with tiresome, entitled men was inevitable. Drawing on her experience in improv comedy and women’s advocacy, Nicole is excited to combine these worlds and bring some much-needed levity to the fight against the patriarchy. When she’s not writing feminist humor books, she’s working on screenplays, or (more likely) cracking jokes on Twitter.
In this episode Nicole and I discuss…
- The concept of mansplaining and when it starts to impact women
- What caused Nicole to take up the crusade to call out mansplaining
- The post on Twitter that caught fire and inspired the book
- The five types of mansplaining Nicole pokes fun at in her book
- The galling assumption that is at the heart of mansplaining
- Raising our daughters to recognize mistreatment and deal with it in a way that allows the other person to hear the critical feedback
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