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Male-male sexuality and humor - the funcrunch files

Apr. 1st, 2007 11:40 pm Male-male sexuality and humor

So I mentioned the other week that I'd finally gotten around to seeing Borat with boyziggy, and had nearly hurt myself laughing. Anyone who's seen it probably agrees that one of the funniest scenes is the infamous naked wrestling match in the hotel room (later spilling out into the elevator, etc.). After enjoying this movie, however, I couldn't help thinking about other scenes in the mainstream media involving supposedly straight men in similar compromising situations, such as the Richard Simmons appearance on Whose Line is it Anyway which I have also laughed at to the point of gasping for breath. I've shown that latter clip to bi, gay, and straight friends of both genders and all have enjoyed it immensely, and the 114K YouTube views gives me an indication that we're not alone.

What is it that's so funny about seeing men behaving this way? Is it that our society is so repressed about men showing affection to each other that seeing such physical contact creates a joyful release? Or is it funny for some other reason? Or am I just reading too much into this whole phenomenon (or lack thereof)? I'd especially like to hear from my gay and bi male friends on this issue.


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Date:April 2nd, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
I agree that there is something funny about seeing two men embrace, especially if they're supposed to be straight. I don't know why exactly. Mike and I saw Blades of Glory this weekend. The movie is based on one thing - two men skating as a pair is very funny, and it carries the whole movie. In fact, this movie will easily pass the $100 million mark by the end of the month.
Date:April 3rd, 2007 03:34 am (UTC)
IMO it's funny because they are straight and it's therefore weird / dissonant. And dissonance is funny when pointed at.

Contrast to male-male couples who *like* each other embracing etc... not funny, just cute (or hot).