Are men funnier then women?
4/3/2009 - Jackie Reed
The controversial Germaine Greer (author
of The Female Eunuch 1970) is still
around and has a few ideas on the subject
Germaine Greer does
not think men are the funnier sex. But they are better at banter, innuendo and
clowning. So what's holding women back?
Here’s a paragraph from her
recent article in The Guardian.UK which might be no laughing matter. Or is it?
The greater visibility
of male comedians reflects a greater investment of intellectual energy by men
of all walks of life in keeping each other amused. It is now a truism that men
never talk to each other about things that matter. Most of what takes place
when men are together is phatic communication, intended to build fellowship
rather than intimacy. This kind of communication is sometimes derided by women
as meaningless, but it is actually functional, because it draws the group
together. Men who drink, play and joke together are boon companions, who hang
together for fun. He laughs loudest who laughs last; one joke kicks off
another. The man who cannot hold his own in repartee will even learn other
men's jokes off by heart, so that he can fill a void in the general banter.
Women famously cannot learn jokes. If they try, they invariably bugger up the
punchline. The male teller of jokes is driving towards his reward, the laughter
of his mates. The woman who messes up the same joke does so because her
concentration is not sharpened by that need. She is not less intelligent,
simply less concerned.
Which may be another way of saying that men are little boys at
heart. Just a thought. The article has a
few more, not my own.
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|| from wrote:
I don't know about men being funnier, they're certainly more peculiar.
||Mary Allan Mill from St. Petersburg FL wrote:
As a young woman, I was a clown and the laughter and applause of an audience was acceptance of me and love...it felt good. It never dawned on me that because I was female I couldn't be funnier than a man...I just did it, and still do when the occasion arises. And, yes, you can't be afraid of making a fool of yourself because it's not really you, it's the "character" you are portraying and you can hide behind that character.
||LeAnn Farley from Mt. Pleasant IA wrote:
I think that both men and women use humor as a means of bonding within their same-sex groups. Also, I really enjoy good comedy by either gender. However, it is often said that women love men who make them laugh; and I'm not sure that men feel this same way about funny women. (However, a wonderful female social work mentor once told me that her trick to working with teenage boys was to get them to laugh.) It might be a stereotype, but I have a feeling that in general men's humor is more likely to be bawdy or physical, while women's might be more verbal and intelligent.
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