Date: 2008-05-21 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Listening to sexist humour makes people act in a more sexist way than listening either to non-sexist humour or to sexist statements.

Or men, anyway. I'd be very interested in the results of a similar study performed on a group of women. I also wish the article mentioned how they determined the subjects' level of sexism (sexism is marked enough now that I would expect a lot of sexists to be less than candid about it) and how subjects with a low sexism rating behaved in the experiments.

Date: 2008-05-21 11:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Both of those definitely feel intuitively "right" to me.

I've noticed that if you're in a crowd that's just on the borderline of being aware that maybe they have some advantage relative to black people, telling a "reverse racist" joke (without expectation that anyone will find it funny) can help some of them get to really thinking about it all.

Date: 2008-05-23 12:56 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I was trying to find the link to the best example I meant, but I'm not having any luck. It goes something like this:

So, two blacks are walking down the street. They come to shop with a sign in the window: "Become white: $25". One of the blacks says "Hey, what do you know? We have a $50 bill. It's worth a shot, hey?" The other one is a bit more cautious, but curious, so waits outside while the first one goes inside with the $50 bill. Some time later, the first comes out, and what do you know? White! The second one says "That's incredible! It really works! I didn't believe it but wow, that's impressive. Give me the other $25 so I can do it too". And the first says "You think I'm some kind of charity?"


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