One part I agreed with is that the public face we're expected to put on is this single-minded, sex-obsessed facade, and the reality is much less simplistic.
I think that's hyperbole to the point of being a strawman argument, Justin.
Nature loves variance. I deal with it EVERY SINGLE DAY in my work. And I also deal with the fact that the world we live in has a lot of drivers to the outcomes we witness. All that said, we find statistically significant differences in mean behavior between the genders. And those differences shouldn't be ignored because of this or that anecdote, or because it offends someone's politically correct sensibilities. Differences are there for a good reason, and truth really doesn't give a darn how people feel. The only incorrect part of it all is viewing any of these differences as shortcomings. That's just ignorant. The world needs all kinds of personalities and abilities to make things run.
jokes about how men can't see beyond a pair of breasts are about as funny as jokes about how women are bad drivers.
Men *do* notice and get distracted by breasts, unless they are gay. The only question is the degree, and that depends a lot on things like hormone levels. And even then, gay men and a lot of women look.
The whole point of the original card, Justin, was to make us look as shallow as we *can* be. Most men are punked by it, which speaks for itself. Meanwhile as my female friend observing this thread asked me to post, "Most women would notice the boobs *and* the purse." And I could cite some research which would show just how correct she is.
As for driving, I believe the consensus is that women are *usually* better "every day" drivers. Don't believe me? Check out insurance rates. Competitive driving? That's another story. Female race car drivers are few and far between. That's where testosterone (extreme risk taking) comes into play.
As far as humor in general goes, I think there's useful perspective that highlights the difference between jokes based on stereotypes versus jokes at the expensive of stereotypes. Louis C.K. is an example of a comic who is good at using stereotypes positively and not just reinforcing tired old themes for a cheap laugh.
If we're talking humor involving stereotypes, I'm a bit on the edgy side. I'm more of a Harold and Kumar or South Park fan, where stereotypes are taken to extreme levels of absurdity. As long as everyone is fair game, then I'm good with it. Humor starts and ends with being able to laugh at yourself.
I'm also a Totally Biased fan. It's my upbringing. I get things that others don't because of my life experiences.Sikhs vs. Sheiks