Men and women don’t always agree on humor

Katie Finlon

There really are two types of humor—there’s humor, and then there’s girl humor.

A friend of mine brought this up to me about six months ago, and I’ve kept mulling over the idea since then. He brought up the point that very rarely do you see the girl leaving everybody in stitches and not the guy, and he even dished out the bold statement that girls more often than not don’t appreciate good humor.

I hate to admit it, but he’s right about this one.

From what I’ve noticed, purebred girl humor consists of three things: duck faces, deuces and inside jokes that nobody except your two besties understand.

Even in your humor, ladies, you set to leave others out on purpose. Not only is it mean and kind of catty, it’s violating the one rule of humor—it must be relatively universal or understood by a large population.

I’m not saying that laughing at Stefan on SNL makes you lean toward the girl-humor end of the spectrum, or that type of humor is stupid. I’m just saying that everybody needs to understand the joke in order for it to be universally funny, or it has to be an equal-opportunity kind of absurd.

See, it’s tricky to write about this in an objective manner. As you could probably guess by my name, I’m indeed of the female gender. I also enjoy pretty things, squeal at cute puppies and bawled my eyes out at the end of Forrest Gump and during the last episode of Friends.

The thing is, I am one of very few women I have come across who thinks people/comedians like Louis C.K. are absolutely and sincerely hysterical.

Entertainers like Louis C.K. are very edgy and obscene, and I have come across very few girls who genuinely and openly enjoy that type of crude humor. I know even fewer who can effectively replicate it. I’m one of the few girls I know who openly talks about poop, laughs at inopportune farts and only eggs on awkward-situation kinds of conversations.

Chelsea Lately seems to be the only hope for womankind.

I really don’t want to live in a world where humor is disregarded just because of the gender it came from. Ladies, it’s time to prove the men wrong.