Thursday, December 14, 2006

Female Humor Runs into a Hitch

Christopher Hitchens, that is, who muses on the question of why women aren't as funny as men.

Observing that "one of the earliest origins of humor that we know about is its role in the mockery of authority," he cites Kipling:
But the Woman that God gave him,
every fibre of her frame
Proves her launched for one sole issue,
armed and engined for the same,
And to serve that single issue,
lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be
deadlier than the male.

She who faces Death by torture for
each life beneath her breast
May not deal in doubt or pity—must
not swerve for fact or jest.

So it comes that Man, the coward,
when he gathers to confer
With his fellow-braves in council,
dare not leave a place for her.

He concludes:
Men have to pretend, to themselves as well as to women, that they are not the servants and supplicants. Women, cunning minxes that they are, have to affect not to be the potentates.

As they say on these here innertubes… heh™.

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