I was recently blindsided by the funniest thing I have ever heard in my life.
It was at a party on New York City's Lower East Side and a guy wearing tight jeans and what can only be described as a cardigan approached me.
"I see you're making your friends laugh," he said. "Is it safe to assume you're funny?"
Normally, I would have dismissed a man wearing an outfit from Ann Taylor Loft but I was intrigued by his question.
"I might be," I flirted. (Yes, I flirted. I'm a 20-something single girl just trying to make it in the world. Please don't judge.)
"Wow, a funny girl. You don't come across one of those very often."
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how I got sent to prison for second-degree murder.
Just kidding. But all jokes aside, the fact that a sentence like that can even be conceptualized in 2015 was enough to send me on a rampage.
I spent the next few days hating men purely out of a hypersensitive reaction to one tiny, little man's male chauvinism. But then something wonderful happened.
The cast of the "Ghostbusters" reboot was announced: four unquestionably funny WOMEN — and a brilliant female co-writer (Katie Dippold). At first, I did a little celebratory fist pump in the air (maybe I let out an audible "hell yeah" under my breath). But as I scrolled through the tweets and comments from people "blaming feminism" for their "ruined childhood" I decided to hop back on my soapbox and give you fellas a stern talking to.
First of all: Feminism has nothing to do with this casting choice. This isn't an affirmative-action style, altruistic courtesy to give women a helping hand. Why would Sony spend millions of dollars on a favor? This is simply a creative spin on a reboot to avoid an audience's "been-there-done-that" excuse to skip seeing it in theaters. It's the entertainment industry. Can't we just allow them to entertain us in a fresh, imaginative way?
And in response to all the bros out there insisting that "women can't be Ghostbusters," I present to you the Gettysburg Ghost Gals. They are real-life Ghostbusters, they're women, and they are hilarious.
Many have expressed an opinion that this casting choice could be viewed as a victory for women — a progressive move in a new direction. But women have been funny since funny was a thing people could be. And Hollywood has been pumping out female-led comedies all along. Lucille Ball made your grandparents and even your great-grandparents go to the bathroom in their pants for the entirety of the 1950s in "I Love Lucy." That was before any of you were even born.
With that in mind, perhaps, the problem is not a shortage of funny women. Maybe the problem is humorless men. Or, worse, men who refuse to laugh at funny women because they're worried that if girls had a sense of humor AND a nice ass they wouldn't have any need for men. We can find ONE dude who isn't afraid of a funny woman and he can impregnate us all.
I won't discount the fact that our society has instilled certain values that make it difficult for the sexes to interact without any predisposed expectations. According to a vomit-inducing article in Vanity Fair entitled, "Why Women Aren't Funny," men would prefer to have women as an audience rather than rivals vying for the same spotlight.
Even Jerry Lewis once said, to an audience of 1,000 people at Aspen's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival, that he doesn't like any female comedians. "I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities," he said.
But what if one of her best qualities is an excellent sense of humor?
To all the men (and women, too) who believe that the "funny gene" should be exclusive to the Y chromosome, just give it up. The "Ghostbusters" reboot is going to be fabulous. Do yourselves a favor and enjoy it. #girlpower