As explained by Devdutt Patnaik“Laughter strips the object of power and gives power to the one who laughs. When stand-up comics make fun of someone or something, their jokes are, in effect, criticism and mockery, highlighting a social issue or a family reality.” The fact that women aren’t supposed to be funny is again a reflection of usurping women’s power. A man can tolerate anything but not a woman laughing at men in public. The political patriarchs are as intolerant as men in general and have been repeatedly stressing upon the rights and wrongs of a woman’s behaviour in public.

“Why Is Women’s Laughter Always Loud, Immoral, and Unsanskari?” Tanya Jha. 8/14/18 Feminism in India.

Posted by Natasha

Natasha received her MA in Literature and Culture in 2008 from Oregon State University. Currently she lives in Oregon with her husband and cats.

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