Humor: International Journal of Humor Research
Females have formerly been under-represented in jokes. Many scholars have claimed that joke making is primarily a male activity, particularly in the domain of sexual jokes. In this paper, I discuss sexual jokes that women share with each other both in all-female groups and by e-mail. After reviewing some widely held assumptions about women and jokes, I explore liberated women's jokes, including their structure, use of stereotypes, and subversive ideas. Finally, I discuss why humor theory is incomplete without the inclusion of a female perspective and suggest that women should tell more jokes.
Original Publication Citation
Bing, Janet. "Liberated Jokes: Sexual Humor in All-Female Groups." Humor: International Journal of Humor Research 20.4 (2007): 337-66.
Bing, Janet, "Liberated Jokes: Sexual Humor in All-Female Groups" (2007). English Faculty Publications. 2.