What laughing at sexist jokes says about men
HEARD the one about the men who find sexist jokes hilarious?
Now scientists say it shows they are highly insecure in their masculinity.
Researchers found those who found sexist jokes funniest were the men who felt their manliness was most under threat. Their theory is that some men see manhood as a precarious state that can be lost by doing something traditionally seen as unmanly – such as childcare, washing up or watching a romcom.
He needs to signal that he is macho, and jokes that make fun of women help him to do that.
Researchers carried out two experiments on 387 heterosexual men. Their personalities and attitudes were tested, as well as levels of prejudice against women and gay men.
The Western Carolina University researchers said jokes mocking women and gay people were found to be funniest to the men who felt most threatened.