In a recent Vanity Fair article — Why Women Aren’t Funny — author Christopher Hitchens explains why men are funnier than women: They had better be if they wish to survive. Hitchens evolutionarily argues men posses a genetic need to be funny in order to deal with their inadequacy in creating life. They cannot bear children, so they become jesters who are forced to entertain the Woman/God into opening up and allowing them consideration in fatherhood and the opportunity to deposit their humor for fertilization and propagation.
Why are men, taken on average and as a whole, funnier than women? Well, for one thing, they had damn well better be. The chief task in life that a man has to perform is that of impressing the opposite sex, and Mother Nature (as we laughingly call her) is not so kind to men. In fact, she equips many fellows with very little armament for the struggle.An average man has just one, outside chance: he had better be able to make the lady laugh. Making them laugh has been one of the crucial preoccupations of my life. If you can stimulate her to laughter–I am talking about that real, out-loud, head-back, mouth-open-to-expose-the-full-horseshoe-of-lovely-teeth, involuntary, full, and deep-throated mirth; the kind that is accompanied by a shocked surprise and a slight (no, make that a loud) peal of delight–well, then, you have at least caused her to loosen up and to change her expression. Women have no corresponding need to appeal to men in this way. They already appeal to men, if you catch my drift.
I know a lot of men who live to make women laugh with bad jokes and horrible sexual innuendo. Their sense of humor rarely matches that of the women they are trying to impress and I have always wondered why they bother so hard to bother every woman they meet with their childish humor.
I’m beginning to understand those men need to be accepted and loved and made worthy by plucking a titter from a woman. More than a kiss or a quick toss in the hay, a woman can most effectively approve a man’s manliness with a smile and a chuckle: Get her to laugh and she’ll have your baby. If you are male — are you aware of your need to entertain women with your dull wit and lousy sense of what really isn’t funny?
If you are female — how to you feel about the Male Humor Assault aimed at you each day? Do you withhold your laughter or do you freely provide funny bone approval? Will you laugh at a joke you don’t think is funny just to be polite? If so, do you realize the peril you are pursuing with your giggling?
If you are female and you laugh a lot — out of either kindness or pity
— do you find those Desperate Man Hounds For Laughter come at you even harder with their “sense of humor” than if you’d instead brushed them off with a cold shoulder and a scowl?