The number of women in comedy coming forward with stories of abuse has been “heartening and horrifying,” says comedian Julieanne Smolinski. The fact that so many brave, creative women of some means have been subjected to assault “is part of what keeps them silent.” Comedy, too, helps hide the pain and puts the woman in charge, for the length of the monologue, at least.

But as Smolinski points out, ongoing abuse cannot ultimately be explained away as one more “hilarious caper in the saga of My Terrible Taste in Men.” The damage is far too great.

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