Has anybody ever noticed that one of the enduring tropes of humour is the nut shot? I’ve said before that anything can be explained by ‘following the genes’ and this one is pretty simple.
What makes a nut shot funny? Well, it’s happening to somebody else. That’s pretty standard for all humour. But notice the division of humour. Men almost inevitably find the nut shot more amusing than women do. Any action which potentially removes a rival from any activities resulting in offspring is going to be a-ok; if it’s accompanied by humiliation and dominance, that makes it even tastier.
I have heard some women remark that a man could use a good swift kick in the ‘nads, but it’s almost inevitably in the context that the guy is an asshole, the guy is abusing his power, or he’s sleeping around on his pregnant wife, an activity which draws a lot of heat even from women with a relaxed attitude towards sex.
Can you tell I’ve been living with Jeff for the best part of a year? I’m enjoying it, even if it has me meditating on the nut shot at 4 am. Not because I want him to experience one – I grew out of that 40 years ago – but because he laughs his ass off every time he sees one. Especially on Robot Chicken, which has a high NSPE rating (Nut Shots Per Episode).
Obama was inaugurated. He’s doing something about Gitmo, and about bloody time.