Judith Lucy is All Woman is a show about women, by a woman. But don’t worry blokes, you haven’t been forgotten.
You say the show is for “anyone who knows a woman, or came out of one”. But do you think men will watch? I didn’t ask Mick Molloy to do battle of the sex challenges with me for nothing. The show does begin with me under a naked man, so I do like to make the point that I’m pretty fond of men. I hope they’ll watch it.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen you and Mick Molloy together ... There must be some weird chemistry there. I remember as far back as The Late Show, people would say to me, ‘Either you guys hate each other, or you’re sleeping together’. But actually, we just like each other and make each other laugh. Also, he seems like such an archetypally blokey guy, I thought it’d be fun to puncture a few stereotypes.
Watching the show, you seem more confident than ever. Would you say you’re in a good place? If I wasn’t starting to feel better about myself in my forties, I would’ve killed myself. It’s such a cliche, your skin isn’t as tight but you feel better in it as you get older. The short answer is yes, I’m in a good place.
In an episode on dating, you start by confessing your own dating history... A good third of it at least. I’ve always been a ‘ better out than in’ person. I’ve exploited my personal life for cash for a very long time. When I’m asking people to be honest, and share their experience, it seems fair that I should be upfront
You’re in a relationship now? Yes I am, and we had a second anniversary a couple of weeks ago. Bad news Australia. He’s a lovely guy.
Why do you think there’s a backlash against the word feminism? I struggle to understand why so many people aren’t a fan of the word, because as far as I’m concerned, it simply means equal rights for men and women. That’s how I’ve always approached it. Let’s just get on with it, really, trying to make life better for everybody. Hey, put that on a T-shirt.
What would you say to women who don’t identify with feminism? All I can say is, think about where you’d be if it hadn’t been for the women who weren’t ashamed to call themselves feminists, and what they’ve achieved for us over the decades. Call yourself what you like. I will always call myself a feminist, but I also think if the word makes you uncomfortable, I’m personally very sorry about that. I’m not in a position to judge anyone for what they believe in. I really wanted to look at all this stuff with a sense of humour. I hope I’ve pulled it off.
You enlisted some worldly teenagers to talk about personal grooming. Where did you find them? I have wonderful researchers. Anyone who knows me and my comedy knows that for many years I’ve been obsessed with young people getting rid of their pubic hair. So I loved the one who said ‘No, I want a woman who looks like a woman’. I thought, ‘You go, you little 17year-old’. I took a particular shine to him, I suspect he might be Prime Minister one day. Those kids filled me with quite a lot of hope.
JUDITH LUCY IS ALL WOMAN, WEDNESDAY, 9PM, ABC
Judith Lucy looks at what
it means to be a woman.