I took a visit to the Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities after reading an article about their new masters program in "Masculinities Studies." At first, I was just confused about why they insisted on making "masculinities" plural all the time, but I figured I could learn a lot from people who study men professionally.
I did end up learning a whole lot in just the few hours I was there, including how much biology informs our perceptions of gender, why gender inequality exists in most cultures, and of course, what the difference is between "masculinity" and "masculinities."
At the top of the show, I talk about the book The Humor Code by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner. I was intrigued by the authors' theory on "the benign violation," and what it could tell us about the difference between male and female comedians. Why are there more male than female comedians? Are women just not as funny as men?
Let me know your thoughts about humor in the comments below! Why do you think men are more likely to be comedians?
- Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities - Stony Brook University - http://bit.ly/1k3E1q5
October 25, 2015