Makes me laugh. Here’s why:
I know a bunch of women and I know a bunch of men and I can honestly say that in my own experience women are funnier than men. When I think about the funniest people I know, the specific things people have said that have made me laugh, or even, my expectations for when I am going to spend some time with someone for level of wit and all that. One of the funniest people I know is Julia. One of the other funniest people I know is her cousin, my niece, a girl a few years older. The other night I was at a dinner with about a dozen people, roughly half men half women, and a lot of funny things were said. By the women. And the men as well, but there was no clear sex bias in funniness at that particular event.
So maybe my impression that women are wittier and funnier than men is biased and incorrect. But clearly, the opposite is not true. No way.
Christopher Hitchens was a great man and everybody loves him and shit in part because of his accomplishments and in part because he is dead and stuff, but there are, or should I say were, a lot of things I never liked much about his positions on things, and in some cases, is arrogance. He thought he was smart enough to know things he really did not know much about. And in the following video we see him making two hugamoungous errors. One is to assume that because men are more accomplished numerically at a professional level than women, that there is an underlying difference between men and women (as opposed to the usual other reasons for this sort of thing which we all know about). The other is his rather pop-psychology and over-simplistic is-ought view of evolution (as well as the ontogeny of behavior) which is entirely wrong.
Not only are women at least as funny as men, but to get credit for being funny they have to do it backwards and in high heels. All Hitchens has to do for wit is to have a British accent.
I would like to thank JAF for showing me this video and AM for daring me to post it.
(Hey wait, is the joke on me????)