Comedian Aziz Ansari Explains Why You're a Feminist—Even If the F-Word Scares You

The actor has a simple test for figuring out who's a feminist and who's not.
Oct 7, 2014·
TakePart fellow Jessica Dollin studied journalism at the University of Arizona. She has written for the Phoenix New Times and HerCampus.

Do you understand the meaning of basic words? Do you call things and people by their correct names? Do you believe that men and women should have equal rights? Congratulations—you are a feminist, according to comedian Aziz Ansari.

On Tuesday night Ansari stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman, where he discussed, among other things, why he’s a feminist. The comedian and actor credited his girlfriend, a “big feminist,” with influencing his views on women’s rights.

Ansari called out members of the audience who wouldn’t applaud to say they're feminists too—adding that if you think Beyoncé should get paid as much as Jay Z, rather than fix his meals backstage because of her gender, you're a feminist.

In the United States, women earn 44 cents for every dollar made by a man, which means that Beyoncé, who outearned her husband last year on her solo tour, is an anomaly. A superstar worth every cent, of course, but an anomaly.