In an appearance on Shepard’s podcast, “Armchair Expert,” Schumer spoke with Shepard and co-host Monica Padman about violence against women and the silent sexism so many women experience. At one point in the discussion, Shepard likened an uncomfortable experience of a woman hitting on him to the harassment women encounter.
“Forget about being uncomfortable, women are mostly scared of violence,” Schumer rebuked him.
“One in 6 women reports being sexually assaulted, but really it’s 1 in 3 women. So we’re not even like, is this gonna happen? We’re like, when?” she went on. “We live in constant fear of violence. Just the feeling that we have all day, walking past a guy sitting alone on a bench. You’re just bracing ourselves. And I think that’s something men don’t really understand.”
The comedian and actress revealed in a 2016 interview with Marie Claire that when she lost her virginity at 17, it was not consensual.
“My first sexual experience was not a good one,” she said. “I didn’t think about it until I started reading my journal again. When it happened, I wrote about it almost like a throwaway. It was like, ‘And then I looked down and realized he was inside of me.’ He was saying ‘I’m so sorry,’ and ‘I can’t believe I did this.’”