The Rise of the Funny Woman

Every few weeks, a member of the Xi Xi Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. tackles a diversity-related topic that interests her and posts her thoughts for the intellectual benefit of all.

Members of the Xi Xi Chapter represent a variety of races, cultures, religions, backgrounds, and lifestyles.  Each woman’s unique voice and perspective push the entire chapter out of its comfort zone and into real understanding of the world around us.  It is only when we recognize and appreciate difference that we gain the ability to critically engage our own worldviews.

The Rise of the Funny Woman – C. Patmore

“Chris D’Elia and Whitney Cummings in Whitney” – Courtesy of

This season in fall television programming you’ll notice several new comedies that feature strong women leads.  Both network and cable stations are rolling out their new shows, hoping that Americans will tune in and love (and laugh at) what they see.

In a 2010 cover story for the Atlantic, “The End of Men,” Hanna Rosin wrote, “Man has been the dominant sex since, well, the dawn of mankind. But for the first time in human history, that is changing—and with shocking speed.”  Rosin ponders if whether the postindustrial modern economy that we now live is just, “simply more congenial to women…?” Women hold a majority of the nation’s jobs, more women earn bachelor’s degrees and upper-class women are leaving their homes to enter the workforce which creates more domestic jobs, which are then filled by women.

“Business Woman” – Courtesy of

In an interview with Kurt Anderson of Radio 360, Rosin discussed how sitcom writers were influenced by her article. She states that the new crop of women lead comedies, “…reflects a new reality inAmerica: the rise of women in the workforce and in higher education.”  These shows depict that change in comedic way.  A little laughter helps the change go down, because for some; the economic truth may be a bit hard to swallow.

As it often seems to be the case, television art is imitating life – and the women are taking over.

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