Why is humor sexy? I come from the kind of family that deals with minor adversity by making relentless fun of the petty tyrants responsible. Sara Benincasa is certifiably funny. Female participants said they wanted the funny man, rather than the unfunny one, as a boyfriend, even when they thought the funnier man was less trustworthy. I give my permission to pass my contact information to the alleged infringing party. What you talk about can matter — a lot.
Not everyone endorses evolutionary psychology, but those who do would say that women tend to be more selective in choosing their mates than men are because historically, motherhood has been a life-threatening, all-consuming endeavor.
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Sign Up for Our Newsletters Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know now on politics, health and more. We want to hear what you think about this article. What you talk about can matter — a lot. A study that analyzed casual conversations among young people found that while men told more jokes and more successful jokes in mixed company, women told many more jokes when they were in all-female groups. These biases have a chilling effect on women. Women tend to prefer men who make them laugh, whereas men tend to prefer women who laugh at their jokes.