Their games are about winning and losing with an elaborate set of rules often made up on the spot, typically by the group's assumed leader.
Boys tend to play in groups with a hierarchical structure.
Men have only two – everything they say and everything they do. When men are depressed, they invade another country. • To be happy with a man, a woman must understand him a lot and love him a little.
• When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Rather they prefer women who can pretend to be foolish whenever necessary, which is the very core of intelligence. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man’s last romance.
" Somewhere else in the building, two other colleagues are wrapping up a meeting, one points to a fresh stain on an otherwise pristine shirt and says, "You'd think I would know by now how to eat in a meeting without getting it all over me. " No, this isn't the setup for a joke, it's a little quiz.
What is most interesting about this though, is that Beth used a style of male humor, the put-down zinger, to achieve her goal - not of jockeying for a more dominant position - but to connect in a collegial way.I was using it as a way of connecting with them, being one of them." Then Beth added, "I feel uncomfortable though because I don't want to tacitly condone their behavior.I would never even think of using this kind of humor with female colleagues." Even humor can create and sustain a gender disconnect in the workplace, making it more difficult for women to break into predominantly male leadership ranks! It all begins in the playground (and perhaps even before).The goals of humor mirror the goals of play; and of course, those goals are different for boys and girls.In meeting those goals, boys and girls develop different styles for interacting, playing games that support development of different competencies.