“Why Women Aren’t Funny”


This was an article I found from 2007 entitled “Why Women Aren’t Funny” appearing in Vanity Fair .  I found the article to be a good example of the vast over generalizations made about gender in mainstream media. The article in summary basically claims that women, by nature, are less funny than men because society demands humor from a man and not from women. One claim he makes is that female comedians are mostly“ hefty or dykey or Jewish, or some combo of the three” but never alludes to the fact that male comedians are often not the “Brad Pitts” of society, but rather men who also are have faced some adversity (may that be they are overweight, homosexual or Jewish)  because humor often comes best from people who have struggled in general and find the irony or humor in their situations. He also claims that “Childbearing and rearing are the double root of all this” and  asking “Is there anything so utterly lacking in humor as a mother discussing her new child? She is unboreable on the subject.” With this quote, I could only think of the dozens of TV shows dealing with the humor of raising a newborn child written and starring females ( to name a few: Parenthood, Up all Night, Modern Family). What does this vast generalization do to women who inspire to be funny or men who want to be taken more seriously? As we can see, something so simple as humor may easily be marked by your gender in our society.

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