Adrienne may not be a comic by trade, but as a performance artist she’s done an astounding job of filling this void with her solo show, Adrienne Truscott’s Asking for It! A one-lady rape about comedy starring her pussy…and little else! Decked out in a wig, high heels and a denim jacket, Adrienne downs gin and tonics with her pants off while delivering rape joke after rape joke. She tackles topics from Daniel Tosh to mini-skirts, rape whistles to Rick Ross. She projects images of famous men onto her torso, using her pubic hair to recreate their signature hairstyles, facial and otherwise.
As Adrienne struts around the stage near-naked and tipsy, the audience is confronted with an essential question: Is she asking for it? In an interview with The Huffington Post, Adrienne acknowledged that the show flirts with the chilling idea that she could, in fact, be raped during the show. That may even be the conclusion to the show that makes most sense if one takes the flawed logic rape culture presents and stretches it to its extreme. However, she explained that she’s also sure to emphasize there would need to be a rapist in attendance for the finale to take a turn for the worst.
Asking for It is a celebration of control. Adrienne may be doing everything ‘wrong,’ seemingly forfeiting control over her body by exposing it, talking about sexuality and drinking, but her story doesn’t have to follow the trajectory many of us have become familiar with through stern parental conversations, public service announcements and mainstream news stories. People aren’t so powerless that they’ll necessarily lose control when enough excuses are present. People make choices. We can teach them how to make the right ones.
While some people might suggest that rape and comedy should be kept far away from one another, there’s a profound, potentially transformative power in the rape jokes Adrienne tells. Humor can provide a great jumping-off point for engaging in truly difficult and essential conversations. With any luck, Adrienne’s audience members will have a whole lot of fun, and they’ll also be thinking about issues like consent and sexual entitlement, maybe even for the first time.
Read the whole article in the Spring 2014 Issue of Flurt, out March 10. Buy the issue here.