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International Journal of Humor Research

Editor-in-Chief: Ford, Thomas E.

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Volume 20, Issue 4


Liberated jokes: Sexual humor in all-female groups

Janet Bing
Published Online: 2007-12-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HUMOR.2007.017


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.

Keywords: Feminism; joke telling; sexual humor; stereotypes; women and language; women's sense of humor

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Published Online: 2007-12-04

Published in Print: 2007-11-20

Citation Information: Humor – International Journal of Humor Research, Volume 20, Issue 4, Pages 337–366, ISSN (Online) 1613-3722, ISSN (Print) 0933-1719, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/HUMOR.2007.017.

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