If you are reading my blog post I am assuming it’s either because you saw my offensive title or the featured image of bears. Bears are majestic creatures, definitely one of my top ten favorite animals. Maybe next blog post I’ll show y’all my top ten list. You won’t believe what number 7 is!
While reading the articles for the week I thought of this: Are women considered less funny in just American culture, or is this feature of cultures around the world? I assume because women are treated as inferior to men in most if not all countries (I am not learned in all of the cultures of the world so I don’t know for sure) that their comedy is considered inferior as well.
Christopher Hitchen’s Article “Why Women Aren’t Funny” argues that women aren’t funny for a variety of reasons: men have to be funny so they can attract women, they are slower to get the joke, they learn it from their unfunny mothers, the list goes on and on. He attempts to use some science to prove his point, even taking from a Stanford University School Of Medicine study. He has some interesting points, however, the way he presents them comes across as very offensive.
Hitchens argues that men have to be funny to impress women, while women don’t have to be funny because men are already attracted to them. “The chief task in life that a man has to perform is that of impressing the opposite sex.” This can be contrasted with, “Women have no corresponding need to appeal to mean in this way.” In a way he’s saying that because women have the power to pick the man that they don’t have to learn to be funny. I think that he is vastly overstating the power that women have in society. If women truly had this much power, then wouldn’t they have more of a say in other matters of popular culture? There would also be more representation of women in media if this was true.
“Precisely because humor is a sing of intelligence (and many women believe, or were taught by their mothers, that they become threatening to men if they appear to bright), it could be that in some way women don’t want men to be funny.” This quote is very thought provoking. Hitchens is insinuating that women are either less intelligent than men, or are taught to feign this as to be more appealing to men. First Hitchens is arguing that women don’t have to be funny because they are already attractive, but they have to be or at least act unintelligent to attract men. He then says that men don’t want women to be funny. Comedy is a mechanism of affirming that men are more intelligent and superior to women. It’s not that women aren’t funny, it’s more that men don’t want women to be funny because then they could be considered as equals. This is why there are significantly less women featured in comedic roles.