Ju­dith Lucy

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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

too.

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.

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