If you’ve been around Skepchick for a while, you know that I’m a funny chick. I am. It’s a huge part of what makes up Elyse. Elyse brings the funny. I like to think that I balance it out with bits of awesome as well.
What’s interesting to me is the reaction I get from people when I acknowledge the fact that I am funny. It’s certainly not something that I think makes me better than anyone else. Really, it’s not even a very useful skill in and of itself. Yet, if I say that I’m funny, people scoff. I know it’s generally awkward for people to acknowledge their talents, and we’re supposed to be modest and apologetic about them, yet if I said I was a great cook, or a good dancer, or a gifted mathlete, I don’t think I’d get the same reaction. And the kicker is that the scoffing is done by people who know me… well… and who really do think I’m funny! I don’t even claim to be funniest. I’m no Bloggess, for sure. And I bow to Brian Thompson, Amateur Scientist and comedy god.
But men can describe themselves as funny in the same way they can describe themselves as tall or athletic.
I’ve seen it explained that saying a person has a “good sense of humor” means different things for men and women. For a man, it means that he makes people laugh. For a woman, it means she laughs at other people’s jokes. I don’t know how true that is, but I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that women aren’t funny, that women comedians are awful or something similar and see everyone in the room nod in agreement.
What’s up with this? Why aren’t chicks funny? Why can’t chicks say they’re funny? And seriously, how hilarious am I!
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