Feminist Bookstore Skit (Portlandia)

Melanie Figuroa, co-founded of this blog, lives in Portland. She notes that students from the school she attends, University of Portland, often try to become extras in the background of the show Portlandia. That really has nothing to do with the rest of this post—I just thought it was relevant because today I will be talking about the Feminist Bookstore Skit from the show Portlandia.

Why do I love these skits? Well, I love bookstores, I am a feminist, and I love to laugh. Adding all those elements together, the Feminist Bookstore skits are great for me.

I’ll be honest. I can’t write 24/7—I can’t think 24/7, and when I need to take a break from both activities, this show is there, and it’s funny.

The show also gets some interesting guests, like Steve Buscemi and Aubrey Plaza, to play customers in the bookstore. I think Aubrey’s skit is one of my favorites, if only because it involves looking for a book called “Vagina: An Owners Manual.” Bonus: That book actually exists and is available on Kindle or in print.

So while Melanie and I are swamped with finals, please enjoy these videos and take a breather. We need it, and we figure you needed it too.

Amanda Riggle

Amanda Riggle

Amanda is the Managing Editor at The Poetics Project and of The Socialist, the national magazine of The Socialist Party USA, as well as the Lead Editor of Pomona Valley Review's upcoming 11th issue. She graduated with a BA in English Education and a minor in Political Science. She is currently enrolled in an English MA program with an emphasis in Literature. During her free time, Amanda enjoys writing poetry, reading, traveling, crocheting, watching entire seasons of campy shows on Netflix, and, of course, writing blogs.
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