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The existence of an overwhelming sex difference inevitably raises the possibility of biological advantage, in particular whether male humour enhances female sexual preference. Marty Feldman, a notoriously unprepossessing comic, had no doubt of it, and Diane Keaton said she was mostly won over by men who made her laugh. Darwin’s Descent of Man defined the dominant evolutionary role of sexual selection.1 The components of mate attraction are becoming defined2—the male woos and the female selects—and male humour seems to be involved.3 The present finding that humour may reflect androgen induced aggression could provide a Darwinian explanation both of its attraction and its continued use as a sexually useful tool.
Originally posted by CyberTruth
Sounds like BS to me. Men who take steroids are not usually funny. Have you ever heard of Roid Rage??? [edit on 21-12-2007 by CyberTruth]
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Honestly, I think this "testosterone makes you funny ," stuff is garbage.
He suggested men might respond aggressively because they see the other unicycling man as a threat, attracting female attention away from themselves.
"This would be particularly challenging for young males entering the breeding market and thus it does not surprise me that their responses were the more threatening."
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Both the news article and the link I provided are talking about 'disparaging humour', not general humour. Read the study in the link I provided. You'll understand what sort of humour the Professor is talking about.
Originally posted by Sunsetspawn
It could have something to do with estrogen...