Ethics of Comedy
#1
Hi everyone, I found this fascinating research paper. I am interested in your comments and the conclusions that can be derived from the research.

http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/jhamlin...uences.pdf
Reply
#2
For me it intuitively makes sense it is unethical to make fun of people for what they are. An example is making fun of people who are dark skinned. You see that a lot in Indian movies. Another example is making fun of someone with a disability (Again a common trope in movies). So it is good to see some research on the fact that such humour contributes to normalization of discrimination.
[+] 1 user Likes Lije's post
Reply
#3
Quote:Exposure to disparagement humor uniquely increases tolerance of discrimination insofar as it is interpreted in a light-hearted, nonserious humor mindset

Quote:Second, people high in prejudice toward the targeted group are more likely to interpret disparagement humor in a nonserious humor mindset

Quote:Third, because people high in prejudice are more
likely to adopt a humor mindset for interpreting disparagement, they are more likely to perceive a social
norm of tolerance of discrimination against members
of the disparaged group

Quote:That is, they are more likely to define the context as one in which people need not consider instances of discrimination against the targeted
group in a serious, critical manner
.

I think that explains a lot , rise of apathy along with "hipster culture".
Why , in case of discrimination against the targeted group ,instances of people claiming that others need not take it seriously or that others are getting too sensitive, should focus on "real" issues, are more common among people high in prejudice and people with high exposure to disparaging humor.
[+] 2 users Like LMC's post
Reply
#4
Some accompanying papers/articles that provide similar results in terms of humor involving sexist tropes:
http://canal.ugr.es/social-economic-and-...nt&print=1
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007...rue#page-1
http://www.livescience.com/2005-study-se...-joke.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...083038.htm
[+] 1 user Likes Gayaisbrown's post
Reply
#5
(19-Mar-2013, 03:24 AM)Gayaisbrown Wrote: Some accompanying papers/articles that provide similar results in terms of humor involving sexist tropes:
http://canal.ugr.es/social-economic-and-...nt&print=1
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007...rue#page-1
http://www.livescience.com/2005-study-se...-joke.html
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...083038.htm

Thanks for sharing, interesting links:
http://canal.ugr.es/social-economic-and-...to-a-study

Quote:Sexist jokes (and all the variants of this kind of humour) favour the mental mechanisms which urge to violence and battering against women in individuals with macho attitudes. Those are the conclusions of a study carried out at the University of Granada, that will be released tomorrow Thursday 2nd of July in the framework of the world most renowned international symposium about humour and its scientific applications ('International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications') that will be held in Granada.

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2FBF00292486?
Do you have access to this?

http://www.livescience.com/2005-study-se...-joke.html
Quote:Jokes about female drivers and dumb blondes may be told in good fun, but they can promote discrimination against women, researchers say.

Psychologist Thomas Ford of Western Carolina University and several of his graduate students conducted two experiments to test how sexist jokes affected the attitudes of male participants toward women.

In the first experiment, the participants were asked to imagine they were members of a work group in an organization. They then either read sexist jokes, comparable non-humorous sexist statements or neutral (non-sexist) jokes. They were then asked to say how much money they would be willing to donate to help a women's organization.

"We found that men with a high level of sexism were less likely to donate to the women’s organization after reading sexist jokes, but not after reading either sexist statements or neutral jokes," Ford said.

In the second experiment, men were shown video clips of sexist or non-sexist comedy skits and were then asked to participate in a project designed to determine how funding cuts should be allocated amongst select student organizations.

"We found that, upon exposure to sexist humor, men higher in sexism discriminated against women by allocating larger funding cuts to a women’s organization than they did to other organizations," Ford said.

"We also found that, in the presence of sexist humor, participants believed the other participants would approve of the funding cuts to women’s organizations," he said. "We believe this shows that humorous disparagement creates the perception of a shared standard of tolerance of discrimination that may guide behavior when people believe others feel the same way."

The results of the study will appear in the February 2008 issue of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.



http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/200...083038.htm
Isn't this talking about the same researcher that OP linked to?
Quote:Sexist humor is not simply benign amusement. It can affect men’s perceptions of their immediate social surroundings and allow them to feel comfortable with behavioral expressions of sexism without the fear of disapproval of their peers,” said Thomas E. Ford, a new faculty member in the psychology department at WCU. “Specifically, we propose that sexist humor acts as a ‘releaser’ of prejudice.”
In their research article*, Ford and the graduate student co-authors describe two research projects designed to test the theory that “disparagement humor” has negative social consequences and plays an important role in shaping social interaction.
“Our research demonstrates that exposure to sexist humor can create conditions that allow men – especially those who have antagonistic attitudes toward women – to express those attitudes in their behavior,” he said. “The acceptance of sexist humor leads men to believe that sexist behavior falls within the bounds of social acceptability.”
In one experiment, Ford and his student colleagues asked male participants to imagine that they were members of a work group in an organization. In that context, they either read sexist jokes, comparable non-humorous sexist statements, or neutral (non-sexist) jokes. They were then asked to report how much money they would be willing to donate to help a women’s organization. “We found that men with a high level of sexism were less likely to donate to the women’s organization after reading sexist jokes, but not after reading either sexist statements or neutral jokes,” Ford said.
In the second experiment, researchers showed a selection of video clips of sexist or non-sexist comedy skits to a group of male participants. In the sexist humor setting, four of the clips contained humor depicting women in stereotypical or demeaning roles, while the fifth clip was neutral. The men were then asked to participate in a project designed to determine how funding cuts should be allocated among select student organizations.
“We found that, upon exposure to sexist humor, men higher in sexism discriminated against women by allocating larger funding cuts to a women’s organization than they did to other organizations,” Ford said. “We also found that, in the presence of sexist humor, participants believed the other participants would approve of the funding cuts to women’s organizations. We believe this shows that humorous disparagement creates the perception of a shared standard of tolerance of discrimination that may guide behavior when people believe others feel the same way.”
The research indicates that people should be aware of the prevalence of disparaging humor in popular culture, and that the guise of benign amusement or “it’s just a joke” gives it the potential to be a powerful and widespread force that can legitimize prejudice in our society, he said.
*Ford, who conducted research into sexist humor with three graduate students at his previous institution of Western Michigan University, presents their findings in an article accepted for publication in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. The article, “More Than Just a Joke: The Prejudice-Releasing Function of Sexist Humor,” is scheduled for publication in February 2008
Reply
#6
I don't have access at the moment--if someone is on Uni network, they'll be able to access it free of charge.
Check this one out too, it basically says that exposure to sexist humor increases rape proclivity and rape myths among all men who are enjoy sexist jokes.
http://www.academia.edu/266974/The_effec...ctim_blame

This one also kind of confirms that sexist jokes are appealing/ humorous to and tend to be repeated by men who have sexist views. So if you find yourself enjoying and telling sexist jokes, remind yourself that you probably *are* sexist yourself.
Reply




Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)