Comedy and its subcategories — satire, irony, deprecation, and observational — is rooted in intelligence. Men who claim women can’t be comedians are simply too threatened at the prospect of viewing women as their superiors. They take any opportunity to tear down a female comedian’s self-esteem in order to bring her to an equal or lesser standing than themselves, and to ensure the patriarchy stays firmly in place.

Ancillary Justice: A New Wave of Feminism in Science Fiction

Although the setting sounds like your typical sci-fi novel, Leckie incorporates an important aspect: the use of gender-neutral pronouns. In this case, she uses the pronoun “she” for every character, making it impossible to identify the gender of any one. Likewise, her female and male characters have interchangeable appearances, which makes them even harder to differentiate.