In an interesting study, the results showed that telling sexist jokes creates an atmosphere where violence towards women is tolerable or perhaps acceptable. In a way, it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve talked about language and equality in a previous blog suggesting that language creates what world you’re living in.
However, I would like to see the results. Anthropologically speaking, men ususally tell jokes, particularly sexual jokes, not because they are sexist, but because it’s a form of camaraderie. So if the results could indeed show that the men were more likely to be sexist in their everyday lives, then the studies have got something. However, it seems that the study has ignored that.