SOCIAL HARM(LESSNESS) OF GENDER HUMOUR: CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF GENDER-DISPARAGING VERBAL HUMOUR

Predrag Niketic

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https://doi.org/10.22190/TEME160126050N
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827
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838

Abstract


This paper critically addresses the issue of gender discrimination in gender-disparaging humour. The aim of the paper is to review the research conducted within the studies of humour, gender, and language, on the issue of whether and how gender-disparaging humour influences the creation and perpetuation of gender-discriminatory stereotypes and, if it does, whether such humour warrants censorship and whether it is discriminatory inherently or depending on other factors. The paper comprises influential theories of humour and relevant theories from gender studies, used in conjunction to frame the critical analysis of gender disparagement in jokes. The analysis is based on gender-related cultural patterns in Serbia and Anglo-American countries, compared through short canned jokes in English and their translatability into Serbian.


Keywords

verbal humour, disparaging jokes, gender, discrimination, translatability

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