Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Women Drivers

I just hear the awesome 1960 routine by Bob Newhart about being a driving instructor. It's funny, yet it's based on the conceit that 'women drivers' are dangerous.

This is a good example of how humor is a good tool for anthropology and culture study. Because back in 1950s, it was an accepted stereotype that not only couldn't women drive, but it was implied that it was something to do with the female constitution. That they were flightly, unserious, and too emotional to ever handle the responsibility of driving.

Yet who would think that now? It's like how women can't study Talmud...

2009 Update: A Demotivator based on the routine:

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