Romeo And…

2.13: Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities

October 25, 2015

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? 

Also, don't forget to tweet me @Street_Saint and let me know something you liked or a comment you had about this particular episode! #RomeoAnd 


Proof That Men Are Not Funnier Than Women - Slate - 

The Humor Code by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner - Amazon - 

A Brief Introduction to the Benign Violation Theory of Humor - Peter McGraw - 

Peter McGraw: What Makes Things Funny - TEDxBoulder - 

A Master’s Degree in ... Masculinity? - New York Times - 

Stony Brook University Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities - Stony Brook University - 

Dr. Michael Kimmel - Official Website - 

Michael Kimmel: Why Gender Equality is Good For Everyone, Men Included - TED - 

Michael Kimmel Author Page - Amazon - 

Sex and Temperment: In Three Primative Societies by Margaret Mead - Amazon - 

Raewyn Connell - Official Website -