Hitchens’ paints with too broad of a brush. He’s correct in saying that there aren’t as many women comedians as there are men comedians. However, he goes on to say that most of the good female comedians are “hefty, dykey, or Jewish, or some combo of the three.” He also makes some strange arguments about why there are fewer women like saying how only men like can be humorous because it requires filth which is childish. It’s weird to assume that all women hate filth and are some mystical creature that can only ever be serious.
If you look at the article, the a couple of the paragraphs start out with decent reasons for why female comedians are less popular. But once you actually start getting deeper into the paragraph it seems like Hitchens just begins to ramble on about why women aren’t funny using what seems like pseudosociological reasoning.
Maybe I’m simplifying it too much, but I feel like there’s a very basic reason why there are fewer female comedians. Society hasn’t really encouraged women into being comedians. From the readings, it seems like it was frowned upon until somewhat recently, and even now it’s still not perfect.
But now I feel like I’ve been rambling on. Maybe my take on why women aren’t in comedy as much is too simple. Maybe I just didn’t understand Hitchens’ argument (which I actually might not have, however the societal reasons for women not being in comedy that he offered seemed really crappy – “women, bless their tender hearts, would prefer that life be fair, and even sweet”). Whatever it is, I feel like neither Hitchens nor I, truly know the answer.