ABA Journal



Linguist sees gender gap in reactions to managers’ humor

Jan 23, 2013, 12:00 pm CST


There are a lot of ways that these observations could be interpreted. The ones presented are certainly politically correct and in today's world, that is probably the most important consideration.

By David Longfellow on 2013 01 23, 1:01 pm CST

Did the learned professor control for "funniness"? How did she code whether a joke occurred? The description of women's "jokes" in the careerist ("women went for jokes that were too self-deprecating, and often ended up sounding defensive or downright horrid") suggests that @1 might be on to something.

By NoleLaw on 2013 01 23, 1:17 pm CST

I don't know what cultural factors might at play here, but my personal observation is that men as a group men tend to be funnier than women.

Are there funny women? Absolutely. Are there unfunny men. Yes, of course.

However, speaking in terms of averages, this study don't surprise me.

By Yankee on 2013 01 23, 6:12 pm CST

Joking around consists of (a) telling a joke, and (b) reacting to it. Joking around with folks of the same sex, gender, and orientation is joking around. Without a match on any one of those criteria, and you may are likely to end up with flirting. Since flirting in the workplace is neither productive nor, in most circumstances, acceptable, I am not surprised that male subordinates do not laugh at their female superiors' jokes.

By Patrick on 2013 01 23, 9:08 pm CST

"Plus, it shows that people don't consider women important enough to laugh at their jokes.”

I am a very liberal person, but I am becoming increasingly annoyed by claims of sexism that are unwarranted. Isn't it possible that men are generally funnier than women? The claim that this study shows that "people don't consider women important enough" is ridiculous.

By C. Price on 2013 01 24, 2:42 pm CST

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