Adam Carolla is hilarious. One time I heard him go on a ten-minute podcast rant about how Mexican immigrants are ruining our society! Cool, right?! Just like that uncle who makes everyone uncomfortable at Thanksgiving! Maybe you had to be there? Listen, I can’t keep this up. I was lying back there. I don’t find the man funny but do think he’s full of bitterness and lacking in charm. This makes it unsurprising to me that he is proud to come out and finally tell the whole world that he firmly believes women are not as funny as men.
I’m not going to write out all the reasons why his statement is ignorant. The Splitsider article I’ve linked to does a great job of that. I’m also not going to try to be extra funny in this post to prove that I am a funny lady. When men tell me women aren’t funny I, normally a reliable source of sunshine, throw them bitter, cold shade. I definitely don’t feel the need to prove myself to them. Please. Does a rainbow try to prove itself to some asshole with bad hair?
I’m writing this because I want to encourage my fellow ladies to keep on keepin on. Adam Carolla? Are we supposed to take that seriously? Business as usual, gals! I gotta be straight with you here. I care very little about this whole Adam Carolla story (sorry, buddy) except to use it as a jumping off point to talk about the larger issue that I’m afraid discourages young women. There is a very particular type of man who at some point in your life will tell you women are not funny and he will most likely be someone you, yourself, have never laughed at. If you respect him, set him straight so that he won’t continue to make a fool of himself.
But most likely this man’s sense of humor is ugly and centered around his ignorant world view. You should take the fact that you don’t share his sense of humor as a compliment. He probably spends most of his weekends laughing at his friends while they repeatedly quote highly paid professional comedians and, I dunno, make obvious jokes about their fat friend or something. Not really your target audience, even if sometimes it feels like he’s cloning himself and has you surrounded. He’s probably also the kind of man who will act surprised when a woman can “hang with the guys,” as if this is an honor women seek to have bestowed upon them. If he thinks he can lump 51% of humanity into one very limited stereotype that can’t handle the comedic power of he and his friends intricate web of insider fart jokes, at the very least block him from your newsfeed? I dunno. Something to limit his presence in your life without making a big deal out of it because, whatever, he’s silly.
Keep writing. Keep speaking up when something you find funny pops into your head. Keep encouraging each other. Confidence is key. Our voices are valuable and often hilarious. Keep laughing at the farts you know in your heart to be funny. And then don’t be afraid not to laugh, even at times you face reprieve from some dork who uses the term “girly” as an insult. Let’s take another look at the vast majority of men in our lives. The ones who aren’t afraid to laugh whole heartedly with us; with no alterior motives or patronising comments about our gender. Darwinism is a neat little trick, you guys, let’s use it.
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