Article Response #5: So, where are all the funny women?


Title: “Women Aren’t Funny” – Gender and Stand-Up Comedy

Author: writer of blog “Crates and Ribbons:

Main topic: analyzing the belief that women aren’t as  funny as men and why


The blog-writer of “Crates and Ribbons” raises many good points in his/her article. (To make referring to the author easier, since neither name nor gender are known, I will use the author’s blog name to refer to him/her.) The topic is feminism- one that is definitely not new to our bulletin boards -and the arguments and observations raised probably aren’t any sort of novelty either. Still, Crates and Ribbons’ approach to the information at hand is refreshing. The author outright says he/she is a feminist, so he/she would naturally be arguing that women can too be as funny as men. But I was pleased to discover that Crates and Ribbons’ is also capable of thoughtfully and objectively analyzing what the non-feminists have to say. I do think that both sides can have some correctness in their arguments.

Perhaps there is in fact a biological trait that makes men naturally funnier than women. Or, maybe they are just naturally more confident on stage. Maybe looks don’t matter that much to them, so even not-so-good-looking men can make it to the show business, thus providing a much broader selection of male stand-up comedians than female ones. The author of this article brought up this possible factor as well, stating that women have to conform to much stricter standards of beauty and attractiveness to make it to TV (almost any broadcaster or show host that is female could have been chosen for her looks!) so not as many of them (compared to men) will try. I also thought that it was very interesting to think that women still consider themselves to have a lower social status, which is why they would sooner laugh at jokes than tell them.

The author admits (and I’m pretty sure everyone else can agree) that he/she has female friends that are just as funny as his/her funny male friends. But maybe that changes when people have to do it on stage. Be it because of an evolutionary course, or a cultural/social norm, we cannot deny that men seem more comfortable and adept at bringing the audience to laughter, making them more common comedians than females.

Crates and Ribbons wrote with a thoughtful and not-too-biting tone, which is what allows him/her to present information and personal opinions to the readers without giving off the feeling causticity or attack. Readers are free to take what they want from the article without feeling like they have to snap back at the author (this often happens with delicate issues such as feminism and women’s rights) and that is why I think this article is really good. As far as the content goes, I don’t have much to add to what the author suggested, other than my curiosity for humans to figure out more about this odd trend. Feminism is certainly nowhere near coming to a conclusion yet.


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