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Betches in Arms: Sarah Haskins and Kristen Schaal

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Here at MamaPop, our favorite betches are those who are smart, sassy, sarcastic, and incapable of bullsh*t. So today I would like to honor two such ladies who are kicking the ass of mainstream media on the internet and on TV: Sarah Haskins and Kristen Schaal.

Haskins is a Harvard-educated smarty pants who revels in disgusted amusement at how media targets women with advertising and programming. She broadcasts her hilariously snarky pieces in her Target: Women segments on Current TV's InfoMania. Jezebel, Salon, and NPR have all already gushed over her awesomeness.

It's really tough for me to pick one of her Target: Women videos that I like the best, since they're all amazing, but I really like her piece on the presidential race and how especially stupid everyone acted after Hilary Clinton dropped out. The best line might be her comment on the section of Women for McCain site that solicits donations: "Here! Have 75 cents of my dollar!"

In a similar but slightly goofier vein is Kristen Schaal. She already has many admirers from her role on Flight of the Conchords, but her segments as Senior Women's Issues Commentator on The Daily Show are so classic. Her piece on the end of Hilary Clinton's run for the presidency includes a look at some of the blatantly sexist behavior of the media, many of whom had the oh-so-original quip that when Hilary spoke, all they heard was, "Take out the garbage!" and they involuntarily crossed their legs for fear of castration.

And that's funny, because when I hear assholes say that they only hear, "Take out the garbage!" and feel the need to protect their manhood because they are threatened by the idea of a woman in power, I hear, "Stab. Must kill."

Anyway, Schaal responds to those remarks thusly: "Good thing she's not going to be president or there'd be garbage bags full of testicles on every curb in America."

Sarah and Kristen, I love you both very much and if I can ever buy you gals a drink, let me know.







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Snarky Amber

I love Sarah Haskins. Jessica over at feministing.com usually posts the video for each new Target: Women webisode because there is a healthy fan base over there for Sarah. I think my favorite is the Wedding Shows episode, especially the part about "Bulging Brides".

I'm glad to see Kristen Schaal at TDS, because as much as I want to have 40 of Jon Stewart's babies, TDS is a total boy's club, and I'd love to see more women on the staff, as writers and correspondents. They've had the "token" woman for too long.




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