A bus full of housewives going on a picnic fell into a river, all aboard died. Each husband cried for a week, one husband continued for more than two weeks. When asked, he replied miserably – “My wife missed the bus.”
A man inserted an ‘ad’ in the classifieds: “Wife wanted.” Next day he received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: “You can have mine.”
You get the idea – The married men jokes that get circulated on whatsapp. It is not just men who share it but women too.
I have received messages from several women saying that they feel offended by these jokes. But when they express their discomfort, they are told that they are “Too sensitive” or “Take it easy” or “It is just a joke, relax!!!”
I have blogged about how I feel about it before. Sharing an excerpt from the old article:
Jet airways launched a scheme where a husband can take his wife free on their business trip.
After big Success of the scheme, Jet Airways sent letters to all wives asking about their experience?
99% wives replied
and When was it??
Do married men really have women throwing themselves at them? That women will jump at the first opportunity to travel with men who are not their husbands? Is cheating a joke? What if I edited this joke:
Jet airways launched a scheme where a wife can take her husband free on their business trip.
After big Success of the scheme.
Jet Airways sent letters to all husbands asking about their experience?
99% husbands replied
and When was it??
Is it funny anymore? Do we circulate jokes like this? I guess because women don’t get to go on business trips (sarcasm!)? Or maybe society does not consider it acceptable that wives could cheat on their husbands, and then laugh about it too!
Without making this post any longer, and as requested by a reader, would like to know how do you react when someone sends such a joke?
1. Come-on! It is light-hearted humour! I find it funny.
2. I don’t find it funny. But I don’t mind it either.
3. I unfollow such people or exit from such groups.
4. I try to make them understand that this is offensive.
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