Investigating Gender-Based Humor In Punjabi Stage Dramas In The Digital Age

Authors

  • Aleen Anthony Forman Christian College University, Lahore
  • Dr. Firasat Jabeen Forman Christian College University, Lahore
  • Dr. Saleem Abbas Forman Christian College University, Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.56596/jjmsca.v3i2.73

Keywords:

Gender-based humor, Stereotypes, Pakistani society, Punjabi stage dramas

Abstract

This research focuses on the prevalence and implications of gender-based humor in Pakistani stage dramas and its role in perpetuating misogyny and sexism. The current study aims to enhance the understanding of how sexist humor in stage dramas can jeopardize women's image in Pakistan. Our media has fostered a typical image of a woman, and society gradually considers females who deviate from the image unacceptable. Through our research, we argue that the propagation of sexist comedy undermines and endangers women's social identities and diminishes their self-value. The phenomenon not only damages the credibility of the female gender but also restricts opportunities and mobility of women in society and reinforces stereotypes and gender inequity. We used qualitative content analysis of Pakistani Punjabi stage dramas of the last five years to study gender-based humor.  After analyzing the content, we found that most of the stage dramas’ content is gender biased. Women are predominantly targeted and subjected to several forms of mockery. Harmful stereotypes are reinforced and perpetuated through the content. These plays not only belittle women by portraying them as laughingstock but also highlight traditional gender norms and downplay their worth and potential. 

 

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Published

2023-12-31

How to Cite

Anthony, A., Jabeen, D. F., & Abbas, D. S. (2023). Investigating Gender-Based Humor In Punjabi Stage Dramas In The Digital Age . Journal of Journalism, Media Science & Creative Arts, 3(2), 32–52. https://doi.org/10.56596/jjmsca.v3i2.73