Monday, June 25, 2012

put some parsley on that

BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE: Does Chris Rock understand men and women better than any scientist?

...Much of Rock’s riffs on sex and marriage ring true and hence funny with his audiences because he deftly evokes their awareness of evolved sex differences in human mating strategies. Popular culture such as Rock’s comedy can provide a window into human nature. I illustrate the intersection of EP and popular culture by unpacking the evolutionary theory and empirical evidence underlying 21 verbatim bits on human mating from Rock’s five HBO comedy specials. Incorporating Rock’s outrageously funny, theoretically sound, and empirically supported perspectives on sex and marriage into discussions of the primary literature is a sure-fire way to grab young people’s attention and make memorable the myriad ways that sex differences stem from asymmetrical obligatory parental investment.
Source: "It’s Funny Because It’s True (Because It Evokes Our Evolved Psychology)" from Review of General PsychologyVersus:

Every man in here that’s with a woman he hasn’t fucked yet is all thinking the same thing: When do I whip it out? Do I just shove her hand down there when we start kissing good night and watch her move it like she got cerebral palsy or some shit? Do I put it on a tray like a appetizer? Sprinkle some parsley around it: “Bon appe ́- tit!” . . . And then once you whip it out, there’s always a chance that the woman goes, “Could you put that back?” . . . That never happens to women. Women never whip out a titty and hear, “Hey, put that titty back! If I’d known you was whipping out titties, I wouldn’t even have come upstairs. Put the titty back. Are we gonna watch this movie or what?” (Rock, 2008, 1:04:46–1:06:14).

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