Auz hit the nail on the head if you ask me.
Jarlaxle, I feel like your view of women is really close-minded. Are you forgetting that roughly fifty percent of the population of Earth is female? If you consider that most people that go to comedy shows are men, then I get what you are saying. Similarly, it's fair to assume that a mechanics shop isn't decorated or catered with feminine items or feminine music playing while men fix cars, because in general, most mechanics are men. So I suppose in that sense, it makes sense that men are more catered-to when you have an audience that is mostly men.
Women feel that men are funny, yes, but like men on these boards have mentioned, there are plenty of funny females as well. Equally, there are absolutely plenty of unfunny men and women who also have a horrible sense of humor. I know men who can't take dead baby, racist, or even sexist jokes, and know many women who are absolutely vile when it comes to these jokes, and cross boundaries even men don't dare to cross when telling them.
At 1/2/12 02:21 AM, JarlaxleArtemis wrote:
2) Women can't afford to be funny: they have the important task of having babies. Women aren't equipped to joke about such serious matters."
Similar to what Auz said, that's an incredibly sexist and ignorant assumption. I'm not even going to go further on this, because it kind of baffles me that you feel this is true.
At 1/2/12 05:09 AM, JarlaxleArtemis wrote:
Now come on Gags. How many jokes do you find funny about stillbirth, or childbirth, or pregnancy? Is there anything less funny than someone carping on about their unborn baby? (Don't pretend to not know what I'm talking about here).
Obviously, there are women comediennes who are extraordinarily funny: Dawn French, Sarah Silverman and Jo Brand are three women who I laugh at. My premise is that stand-up routines are about filth, and plenty of it, it's what the punters want. The more jokes about one's own anatomy, the more jokes about getting fat, or other's misfortunes, the better.
Wait -- you're saying jokes about one's own anatomy are funny? Okay, so men getting kicked in the balls, farting, pooping, masturbating, ejaculating, etc. are all fair game and funny. I see that. Why can't women joke about their own anatomy then? I believe Gagsy pointed out that women find mens' bodily functions and misfortunes funny, so why are men so 'limited', apparently? Also, I know plenty of women that can handle jokes about getting fat, anatomy, others' misfortunes, etc. Perhaps you're hanging out with the wrong women?
Women, for some reason, dislike being regarded as fat, or decrepit, or decayed, and don't find it amusing. I find my body a cruel joke, but telling females that their body is a cruel joke is usually met with a slap.
Eh, like I said above, I don't find this to be true. Plenty of men get defensive about their male bodies as well, so I see this going equally both ways. Some women EMBRACE their so-called 'disgusting' bodies, and some men absolutely loath their bodies and can't take criticism about it.
Women who do comedy tend to play by men's rules, and tend to be more lesbian, more fat, more Jewish in their humor than, say, other women.
They do this because comedy, or in particular comedy shows happen to be a very male-dominated arena. Because of this, they have to cater to men. This is like saying that most men can't be good single parents because parenthood is something women obsess over and love more and idealize about. That is a sweeping generalization that would be absolutely untrue, as there are plenty of wonderful single dads and plenty of horrible, single-mom monstrosities.
3) Men don't want to be laughed at. They realize women need to be attracted to them in order to produce babies, so "female humor"- geared towards laughing at men- is not something that women feel the need to develop.
Men feel the need to be funny and have women be more attracted to them because it is still a common deduction in society that men are supposed to be the ones to court women. Women essentially let men 'woo' them (this is slowly changing -- more women are courting nowadays), and this includes seeing if a man can make a woman laugh. There is much more emphasis on a woman being physically attractive for courting reasons than her being funny, or even having a great personality, because men need to find her initially attractive before they even consider beginning the courting process with her.
However, this doesn't mean that men don't need to be attractive too -- and similarly, this doesn't mean that women don't need to have their own sense of humor. I think that the stereotypical courtship process prioritizes certain things for men and women just because of societal views in the past. Do bear in mind that in the past, women weren't even aloud to perform or be on stage.
Your turn to argue; but I rest my case on that distinction in humor.
Just because something is funny to men doesn't mean women automatically enjoy/have to enjoy it either. You're forgetting that over half the world's population is women. Perhaps the reason comedy clubs and shows are dominated by men is because women don't feel the jokes are so funny since they are distinctively catered towards men? Maybe they want more women comedians? Who knows. Just don't forget that humor applies to the other half of the world's population as well.