ERIC Number: ED396354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Reactions to Sexist Humor: An Exploratory Analysis from a Meta-Perspective.
Shapiro, Dan; Varey, Kim
A study focused on investigating perceptions of sexist humor, specifically on how people perceive others' reactions to sexist humor. Subjects, 206 college men and women, rated communication competence and attraction of actors in vignettes depicting 2 different reactions to sexist humor. Results indicated that sex of both the joke teller and the joke reactor significantly affect outsiders perceptions of competence and attraction with women appearing to have a greater latitude of acceptable behavior than men. Findings suggest that men should refrain from telling anti-female sexist jokes because they have little to gain but much to lose if the joke is poorly received; and that women who are offended by humor should call attention to it since there was no evidence that this face-threatening act is likely to be seen as incompetent or unattractive. (Contains 33 references and 6 tables of data. The survey instrument is attached.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Jokes; Sexual Humor
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (82nd, San Diego, CA, November 23-26, 1996).