I’m hilarious, and I refuse to believe otherwise; however, it seems I’m not very good at selecting jokes to steal. Like this one…
“My puns are just bad, they’re tear-able.” *rips piece of paper with the word pun written on it*
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIyrjdkQRKU Bo Burnham)
However, the one that comes under most scrutiny is from a Bo Burnham song called “Men and Women.”
“Women are like puzzles because prior to 1920, neither had the right to vote. Puzzles still don’t”
I find this joke hilarious, but I finally figured out why people never laugh at this joke through the use of syllogistic logic.
No women can vote prior to 1920
No puzzles can vote prior to 1920
Therefore some women are puzzles
All women can vote post 1920
No puzzles can vote post 1920
Therefore no women are puzzles
“No A can B
No C can B
Therefore some A can be C
All A can X
No C can X
Therefore no A can be C”
Premises: all true in regards to voting regulations
Conclusions: Understanding this, we can identify the direct correlation between women’s suffrage and the ability to be a puzzle. Before 1920, some women were puzzles; not all but some. Therefore some women had the ability and possibility to be puzzles. However, after the acceptance of women’s suffrage in 1920, all women were given the right to vote, but no puzzles were given the right to vote. Since all women can vote, but no puzzles can vote; no women can be puzzles as they retain the right to vote, but puzzles do not. As women are given the right to vote, they are removed from their ability and possibility to be a puzzle.
There is indeed validity and soundness to both these individual arguments; however, what these two arguments reveal is MUCH more important. Why this joke is not hilarious.
This does not receive any response not due to the face that it’s not funny. It’s simply Bo Burnham illuminates this correlation upsetting feminists and suffragists, because they realized although they gained the right to vote, they lost the ability and possibility to be a puzzle. Women have lost the mystique and allure they once possessed prior to 1920. We have lost the right to be puzzles. It’s very upsetting, the loss of women’s rights, any rights. How does this correlation work, and how can we reverse it if we so choose?
It couldn’t possibly be that I’m not funny. I’m obviously hilarious.