Amy Poehler: the best advice columnist a girl could ask for

Smart Girls at the Party, Amy Poehler’s super cool feminist webseries for girls, is back! The show now has a segment called Ask Amy, a video advice column in which Amy answers questions from girls who write in to her. They seem to be filmed wherever and whenever Poehler has time – on a hotel bed, on set with Paul Rudd, in the bathtub. The first time I saw the segment was when Amy was advising a girl who wants to wear makeup but whose parents don’t want her to wear it yet.

I absolutely adore the most recent episode, in which she tells a girl who had an embarrassing moment to laugh it off. She also reminds the girl – and I’m so glad she included this because it’s a less common but no less important piece of advice – to let the experience make her more compassionate. I wish I’d had this show when I was growing up.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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