Christopher Hitchens “Why Women Still Aren’t Funny”

Link to his original article “Why Women Aren’t Funny” in Vanity Fair

I meant to post this a week or two ago and didn’t get around to it.
It’s actually fairly complimentary towards females, but of course not likely to be taken that way by uncritical thinkers. And for some strange reason it made me think of this, my favorite passage from “The Little Prince:”


“People have stars, but they aren’t the same. For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they’re nothing but tiny lights. And for still others, for scholars, they’re problems. For my businessman, they were gold. But all those stars are silent stars. You, though, you’ll have stars like nobody else.”

“What do you mean?”

“When you look up at the sky at night, since I’ll be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you, it’ll be as if all the stars are laughing. You’ll have stars that can laugh!”

And he laughed again.

“And when you’re consoled (everyone is eventually consoled), you’ll be glad you’ve known me. You’ll always be my friend. You’ll feel like laughing with me. And you’ll open your windows sometimes just for the fun of it… And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you’re looking up at the sky. Then you’ll tell them, ‘Yes, it’s the stars. They always make me laugh!” -The Little Prince

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