In 1981, Roseanne Barr begins her career as a standup comedian. She writes, "In a period of six months, I had two career choices staring me in the face. I wanted to be a writer, a serious writer, a serious feminist writer, and I wanted to be a stand up comic. I left it up to the fates...I was leaning at that time towards being a writer, because Ronald reagan was just elected and I felt a very strong need for voices from the left...I thought myself to be of the Left, then. Still a hippie" (173).