Recently, the University of Wurzburg conducted a study about how jokes are received by men and women. They tested five categories:
  • neutral
    ex. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator? You open the fridge door, put the elephant inside, and close the door.
  • male-disparaging that refer to male stereotypes

    ex. Why do little boys whine? Because they’re practicing to be men

  • male-disparaging without reference to male stereotypes

    ex. What do you call a man with half a brain? Gifted.

  • female-disparaging joes with reference to female stereotypes

    ex. Why is it a bad idea to ask Siri “What do women want?” She has been talking nonstop for the last two days.

  • misogynistic jokes without reference to female stereotypes

    ex. What do you call a woman with an opinion? Wrong.

Miyo laughing out loud

Hey, did anybody laugh at them? Are any of these jokes funny?

I like clever jokes. I want them to stimulate my brain and offer a fresh perspective. None of them tickled my funny bone. Is it because I’m a woman? According to their study, women tend to find jokes less funny than men. Also, it appears that some blokes out there are oddly cozy with sexist jokes.

Here’s an intriguing twist: men seem to exhibit stronger devaluation tendencies and more anger when hearing male-disparaging jokes from a woman. Ah, the complexities of humor and gender dynamics!

The “women aren’t funny” stereotype has been around. Is this perception influenced by the long-standing dominance of men in the comedy world? Maybe what’s-supposed-to-be-funny is molded by men’s perspectives?

What are your favorite types of jokes?

Reference: Men’s humour is different

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