Reasons Amy Poehler rocks No. 678

As if she doesn't already bring us enough happiness ...

By Rebecca Traister
Published October 17, 2008 4:35PM (EDT)

Thanks to Jezebel for pointing out the millionth reason for us to love "Saturday Night Live" comedian Amy Poehler more than we already did: She puts her money, and her celebrity, where her mouth is. Back in 2006, Poehler did an interview in Bust magazine with fellow Broadsheet crush object Jill Soloway. Soloway asked her about the oversexualization of acts like the Pussycat Dolls, and Poehler responded, "Once it comes into the adult realm it's like, 'Great, go for it, do your own thing ... Sit on cakes. Do whatever the fuck you want.' It's just that I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled ... More than it being the Pussycat Dolls thing? It's just distracting from what is real power."

So now Poehler is showing girls their real power, with a Web series called "Smart Girls at the Party," which is about how cool young women are. The trailer, which begins with Poehler saying, "Hear that? It's the sound of something awesome," is ... awesome. "We celebrate extraordinary individuals who are changing the world by being themselves," says Poehler, as clips show her dancing, talking, singing and gardening with preteen and teen girls.

Check out the trailer, and then watch the show, because this is exactly what the Internet, and the world, needs.


Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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