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Table of contents:

1.) Why you should care about laughter 2.) The physiology of laughter 3.) The physical response to laughter 4.) Laughter and gender 5.) What makes me laugh 6.) Time’s laughingstocks 7.) The different kinds of laughter


How Gender Guides Laughter An article written on janeransom.com (the blog of Jane Ransom, a motivational speaker for women) outlined the ways a woman’s laughter can make her more appealing to a male.

Initially, the post seemed to

skirt on the edge of female empowerment, imploring women to take pride in their laughter, embracing their confidence and assuring them that giggles make them sexy.

Although the feminist facade of this

article appeared appealing to the superficial eye, the actual content searches for validation through male approval.

The title alone feels

demeaning:

No joke, it’s

Science!”

“Laughing makes a Lass Attractive.

Although I full respect and invite the notion of

attractiveness to elevate women’s self-esteem, the article details how “German psychologists” researched the effect a woman’s laugh has on a male counterpart, how it makes him find her sexier, how he views her as more attractive, why he prefers her artificial but aesthetically pleasing, sing-song-y laughter as opposed to a more organic “grunt, snort, or pant.” The article in itself is not necessarily the problem.

You can

tell that it was written with good intentions; however, the problem which arises is the fact that women are trained so strictly to dig for validation in male approval that a function as primitive as laughter is both scrutinized and celebrated for its flirtatious effects on men.

A study conducted at Vanderbilt University found

that men are more attracted to women with a soft giggle, as opposed to a heartier chuckle or an awkward snort, yet it never explored the female reaction to neither male nor female laughter.

Laughter should

be left for people to enjoy on their own, and while it is okay for someone to find a laugh attractive, voices like this dirty the idea of pure female empowerment and equality.



A Day Without Laugher