Friday, September 25, 2009

Feminists Don't Have a Sense of Humor

Posted by on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:13 PM

You heard it here first....


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Will in Seattle 1
actually, some of them do.

but most guys don't like the jokes.
Posted by Will in Seattle on September 25, 2009 at 2:19 PM · Report this
triceritemple 2
Posted by triceritemple on September 25, 2009 at 2:19 PM · Report this
That's not funny!
Posted by Sili on September 25, 2009 at 2:36 PM · Report this
Man, she's fugly.....
Posted by Ballard Man on September 25, 2009 at 2:45 PM · Report this
Her first album, Get Away from Me (the antithesis to Come Away with Me), was phenomenal, but her second was kind of meh. I've not yet listened to her third.
Posted by Lilting Missive on September 25, 2009 at 2:48 PM · Report this
Jason Josephes 6
I learned of the great divide between feminism and humor in college. In fact, I think it's a required course by now.
Posted by Jason Josephes on September 25, 2009 at 2:57 PM · Report this
kitschnsync 7
That song is a bummer.
Posted by kitschnsync on September 25, 2009 at 3:00 PM · Report this
Matt from Denver 8
Is this still relevant? I mean, this sounds like it could have been written 20 years ago.
Posted by Matt from Denver on September 25, 2009 at 3:01 PM · Report this
Tovirus 9
Nellie Mckay is yesterday's news
Posted by Tovirus on September 25, 2009 at 3:07 PM · Report this
I feel the need to come out and state this, because I feel like its subtlety will be missed by some (not to name any names): this song is ironic. We can infer that Nellie McKay is, in fact, a feminist.
Posted by MsLeading on September 25, 2009 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Baconcat 11
The darling of NPR!
Posted by Baconcat on September 25, 2009 at 3:14 PM · Report this
seandr 12
There is no Feminism, only feminisms.

The angry strain that hangs out at complaining about the serious business of sexy Halloween costumes does not, in fact, have a sense of humor. An overblown sense of self-righteous and self-importance? Yes. Humor, no.

As for the 3rd-wavers who live by their own terms, make their own money, and aren't afraid to don a sexy outfit or flash a tit if the mood strikes? Now those are some funny gals.
Posted by seandr on September 25, 2009 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Irena 13
@8: Yeah, but a lot of the people who believed it 20 years ago are still alive, and still believe it. Didn't Christopher Hitchens say just last year that women in general weren't funny? Which is kinda the same, if not worse.

I don't know, capital "F" Feminists are usually political activists, so to me it's kind of like saying "Greenpeace doesn't have a sense of humour! They never laugh at our whale jokes".

Posted by Irena on September 25, 2009 at 3:51 PM · Report this
Irena 14
@12: Ha! - that totally reminds me of Sarah Silverman:

"This is my breast -- one of them, I have two. Cause once you get one... it's almost easier to have two, because they take care of each other".
Posted by Irena on September 25, 2009 at 3:57 PM · Report this
Uriel-238 15
Nellie McKay is hot, but not as hot as TED.

Her style reeks of Randy Newman, but that just may be the irony.
Posted by Uriel-238 on September 25, 2009 at 4:00 PM · Report this
who cares what I call myself 16
I <3 TED
Posted by who cares what I call myself on September 25, 2009 at 4:13 PM · Report this
I love Nellie McKay...but that's an old video. Although her appearance on the View is worth checking out. (She really confuses those View ladies).
Posted by Andrewhg on September 25, 2009 at 4:19 PM · Report this
Geni 18
Any statement that can be parsed as:

"All are " or "No is " is false. Trying to generalize any characteristic and apply it to all individuals will fail.
Posted by Geni on September 25, 2009 at 4:40 PM · Report this
Geni 19
dammit. Stupid coding that doesn't like caret symbols making me post incoherencies!

The above should have read:

"All (whatever) are (this)" or "No (whatever) is (that)."
Posted by Geni on September 25, 2009 at 4:42 PM · Report this
kim in portland 20
I laughed.
Posted by kim in portland on September 25, 2009 at 5:03 PM · Report this
Confluence 21
Feminists definitely don't have a sense of humor and they're generally miserable company. Enough already about you and your vag power - I've got a headache.
Posted by Confluence on September 25, 2009 at 7:34 PM · Report this
Here's one vegetarian who laughed hard when she said "make mine a Big Mac!"
Posted by lqtm on September 25, 2009 at 11:29 PM · Report this
Lord Basil 23
Feminazis only want to destroy the power of men and families. They are so nihilistic that no good deed done by dead white males goes mentioned. If they had their way, there would be socialized medicine, all sex - even in marriage - would be considered rape, and sports would be banished.

They hate men and want to impose their bitter rage on America, and we can thank none other than Hillary Rodham Clinton for it!
Posted by Lord Basil on September 26, 2009 at 2:06 AM · Report this

So... you get that the first sentence of your post @18 can actually be parsed as "All (whatever) are (this)", right? I mean, "Any (statement that can be parsed as...) is (false)."

I can't tell if that was a logic geek joke, or if you're just 19.
Posted by Judah on September 26, 2009 at 9:32 AM · Report this
I love reading about men griping about feminists on Slog. Now that's comedy!
Posted by mitten on September 26, 2009 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Confluence 26

Really? That's interesting. Because I'm a woman griping about feminists. They suck. Go fight the revolution somewhere else - I'm not interested. I just want to hang out with my friends and have fun. Lighten the fuck up.
Posted by Confluence on September 26, 2009 at 11:48 AM · Report this
Lord Basil 27
Lots of women have run away from the feminazi movement, once they figure out what they're about.
Posted by Lord Basil on September 26, 2009 at 2:41 PM · Report this
Irena 28

OMG, I know! All those annoying feminists, distributing birth control in third-world countries and encouraging girls in sports. Lame!

You should totally move to Afghanistan. They won't bother you there.
Posted by Irena on September 26, 2009 at 2:54 PM · Report this
kristinbell 29
It is absolutely laughable when a woman born anytime after 1800 says that she hates feminism! How leotarded!
Posted by kristinbell on September 26, 2009 at 6:06 PM · Report this
@12 -- in England they pronounce it

thank you, tip your drink whore
Posted by slimey limey on September 26, 2009 at 6:16 PM · Report this
I'm a feminist with my own activist website, and I got kicked off I generally find that feminists *don't* have a sense of humor, though there are a few notable exceptions and they're mostly comedians. Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, Tina Fey, Samantha Bee, Sarah Haskins, et al.

I think a similar thing has happened to feminism as what' happened to anarchism: the movement's opponents start to define it by its extremists and idiots, and as a result, the movement starts to show higher and higher concentrations of said extremists and idiots because those people start to get the idea that this is what the movement means.

As a member of the movement, I really think it needs to start moving forward and discussing patriarchy not as something men do, but as something that government/religious/societal systems do to both men and women. Feminists kinda sorta talk about gender roles affecting both sexes, but they still get bogged down in misandry way too much of the time. Plenty of racism and transphobia still clogging up a lot of the movement, too.
Posted by laurelgardner on September 27, 2009 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Cordwainer 32
Q: How many men does it take to wallpaper a lesbian separatist's house?

A: Three, but you have to slice them *really* thin.

(I'm pretty sure it was a feminist who told me that one...)
Posted by Cordwainer on September 27, 2009 at 8:06 PM · Report this
@32 lmao!
Posted by don't make me register on September 27, 2009 at 11:05 PM · Report this
Posted by Rob in Baltimore on September 28, 2009 at 7:22 AM · Report this
@26 — whoa, you're really angry. If I was a bigoted misogynist I'd think you were a…feminist!

But I'm not, so I'll assume you are young.
Posted by mitten on September 28, 2009 at 10:15 PM · Report this
Nellie McKay is brilliant, and hysterical. She gives me hope.
Posted by bee80 on September 30, 2009 at 6:43 AM · Report this
Hey anyone - feel free to define feminism. Or a feminist. There are more types of feminism than variants of douchebag or hipster, or even douchebag hipster (hard to imagine, I know). I'd say based on those comments, a lot of those douchebags are right here. How cute.
Posted by mojosally on September 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM · Report this
hey, #29. What do you mean by leotarded? I hope there's no connection to the slur "retard" which insults all people that are mentally challenged who, clearly, have no stake in this discussion. By the way, to me, who happens to be a male, feminism is a movement that fights for equal rights for women. Who in their right mind would oppose that?
Posted by pocono ed on September 30, 2009 at 9:54 AM · Report this
are the mysogenistic comments here just for irony's sake?

just wondering. (ie "fugly." haven't heard that for a while. sounds a bit like yesterday's news.)


Posted by dolores on September 30, 2009 at 10:54 AM · Report this
Feminism is a lot like public health care - Most people seem to believe they know what it is and what it entails such that they feel they can voice an opinion about it, but really they have no fucking clue what it is.

Fucking idiots.
Posted by KvP on October 1, 2009 at 10:57 AM · Report this

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