Today’s Lady News: The Tucker Max Funny-Making Formula

  • Amanda Hess at The Sexist blog braved “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” scribe Tucker Max’s website for a mathematical breakdown of his hilarious jokes about Mexicans, gays, women and the disabled. A general formula for Tucker-ian humor: [Universally recognized bad thing] + [surprise reversal] x [“edge”] x [“shock value”] = Tucker Max joke. [The Sexist]
  • Brigham Young University, a Mormon college, canceled a Greek tragedy hours before curtain at the Annual Greek Festival. Content in “The Bakkhai,” to be performed by the University of Utah, was deemed inappropriate for BYU students. Director Larry West indicated this referred to sex, wine and “losing one’s inhibitions.” []—Seriously, this school didn’t realize a Greek tragedy wouldn’t involve lots of sex?
  • An appeals court in New Orleans has ruled that a lawsuit by a Jamie Leigh Jones, a female military contractor in Iraq who claims she was gang-raped by her co-workers, against KBR/Halliburton will be tried in court, instead of arbitration. Jones, who was a clerical worker in Baghdad’s Green Zone, said she was drugged and raped by fellow KBR employees. [AP]
  • Feministing posted a page from a 1943 Guide To Hiring Women, which offered helpful advice like, “Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters [and] they’re less likely to be flirtatious.” [Feministing]