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Mansplaining And Bad Science Have a Sexist, Unfunny Baby

Why Women Aren't Funny
What makes the female so much deadlier than the male? With assists from Fran Lebowitz, Nora Ephron, and a recent Stanford-medical-school study, the author investigates the reasons for the humor gap.
Christopher Hitchens

Be your gender what it may, you will certainly have heard the following from a female friend who is enumerating the charms of a new (male) squeeze: "He's really quite cute, and he's kind to my friends, and he knows all kinds of stuff, and he's so funny … " (If you yourself are a guy, and you know the man in question, you will often have said to yourself, "Funny? He wouldn't know a joke if it came served on a bed of lettuce with sauce béarnaise.") However, there is something that you absolutely never hear from a male friend who is hymning his latest (female) love interest: "She's a real honey, has a life of her own … [interlude for attributes that are none of your business] … and, man, does she ever make 'em laugh."

Now, why is this? Why is it the case?, I mean. Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about.

cut for length and for failCollapse )

Source has more. Which is good, because I do enjoy men explaining to me that the fact that I'm pretty means I can't do anything else :D

edit: Soooo old article is old. My b for seeing someone link it and not thinking to doublecheck the date. Still, I'm glad some people who haven't heard of C. Hitchy get to see his opinions and hate him now! He's not good for much else.
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