Andrew Dice Clay needs some new material. Ay-oh! (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Imag …Mother-in-laws aren't funny. So says a British council that warned staffers against employing the naggy female stereotype joke. A sensitivity training packet given to Barnet Council staff members says: "British mother-in-law jokes, as well as offensively sexist in their own right, can also be seen as offensive on the grounds that they disrespect elders or parents."
In fact, a lot of those over-involved mother-in-laws are being asked to get more involved. A new survey shows grandmothers are becoming one-woman nurseries for their daughters and son-in-laws as childcare costs rise. In other words: can it, guy.
While we're at it, can we ban the "women drivers" joke, the "dumb blonde" and "Take my wife" one-liners and the "that's what she said" comebacks that still tickle some guys to the core?
Comedy's golden rule: the best jokes are true. Since we're actually pretty good drivers, even blondes, and since we can't be "taken" because we're financially supporting men as they pursue their stand-up dream, and since we didn't actually say, "Great, but next time, can you make it even longer?"--let's agree to be more creative with our female stereotype humor.
Any other jokes at our expense that deserve a smack-down?