The question du jour, or at least, of my conversation with two male friends on campus this evening, was “Can girls be funny?”
Unfortunately, it’s not the first time I had this conversation. And even more unfortunately, my two male friends concluded that girls can be funny in a “cute, ditzy way,” but can’t really make them laugh the way their male friends do. Hm. I’d like to think of myself as fairly funny. I’m not looking to enroll in comedy school anytime soon, but I love making people laugh and do so on a fairly regular basis. Humor is obviously subjective, so I couldn’t take it too personally that my friends might not find me particularly hilarious.
But as I walked home tonight, I thought, maybe they’re right. I tried to name some female friends that I find really funny–and I couldn’t think of any. Of course, there are actresses like Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling who are awesome, but at the same time, I could instantly pop off five names of guys I know personally who never fail to make me laugh.
What’s the deal? Can women be funny? If not, why not? Nature or nurture? Are we not wired for comedic timing the same way men are, or are we not rewarded enough for humorous antics and quips in our formative years, our parents and teachers instead reinforcing our compliance, interpersonal skills, and domesticity?
Also, just to push it a little more…can a woman be beautiful and funny? I’d like to think yes: