Amy Schumer is the type of comedian who will make you spit whatever you’re drinking out of your mouth. She says exactly what’s on her mind and makes no apologies for potential discomfort, but the main reason she’s appealing is her confidence.
And that confidence is something she had to impart upon herself.
In a speech she gave last week at the Gloria Awards and Gala hosted by the Ms. Foundation for Women, Schumer told a story about her transition from peaking high school senior to invisible freshman, where her self-worth suddenly become a thing of the past.
When her drunk crush booty-calls her (at 8 AM for what is arguably one of the most cringe-worthy accounts of a hook up, ever), something clicked in Amy’s head and everything changed. Because it’s Amy Schumer speaking, her anecdote of what follows will make you laugh: “He smelled like skunk microwaved with cheeseburgers, which I planned on finding and eating in the bathroom, as soon as he was asleep.” But it touches on an all-too common theme among young women, and so amid the laughs and the groans and detachment that comes from listening to someone else’s story, her message is important:
I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will. I will speak and share and fuck and love and I will never apologize to the frightened millions who resent that they never had it in them to do it. I stand here and I am amazing, for you. Not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself.
Read the full speech here, and I promise you’ll walk away from it with your own head held a little higher.