, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 19–22 | Cite as The New Generation

  • Limor ShifmanEmail author
  • Dafna Lemish
Symposium: Global Laughter


The ‘sexy dumb blonde’ stereotype, which emerged in American popular culture during the Twentieth century, is one of the most salient themes of contemporary Internet humor. In this paper, we analyze the new generation of online blonde jokes, claiming that they incorporate three main features. First, in relation to the blonde image itself, we find that stupidity has superseded promiscuity as the main theme of Internet-based blonde jokes. Second, in relation to the spread of the jokes, we describe the globalization of the blonde joke on the Internet, and its translation into numerous languages. Finally, we portray the emergence of “Meta blonde” jokes—texts that build on the popularity and familiarity of the audience with the blonde joke genre in order to comment and reflect on it, yet in so doing, cunningly reinforce old stereotypes.


Blondes Globalization Humor Internet Jokes 

Further Reading

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  7. Shifman, L., & Lemish, D. 2009. Mars and Venus in virtual space: Post-feminist humor and the Internet, Paper presented at the International Communication Association Conference (ICA), Chicago.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication and JournalismThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.Department of CommunicationTel Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael

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