Ansari notably "came out" as a feminist by mocking the stigma surrounding the term on The Late Show With David Letterman, but he hasn't stopped there.
In his new Netflix special Live at Madison Square Garden, he skewers the harassment women face on a daily basis. Here are four of the many hilarious ways he uses humor to highlight how the sexist attitudes we've normalized are actually ridiculous.
1. Women have to deal with "creepy" dudes all the time:
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2. ...who often creepily follow them:
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3. Women also routinely face sexual harassment:
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4. Street harassment is all too common too:
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Although Ansari, as well as other high-profile male feminists, have faced backlash in the past — some have questioned how wise or deserved it is to celebrate men simply for embracing the label — it's clear he's trying to incorporate feminist values into his work and raise awareness about the very real issues women face in a meaningful way. We should laud Ansari's efforts, especially given that they come from within a field notorious for its sexism, and use them to spark change, in the world of comedy and beyond.