Published: Aug 19, 2010 3:23 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 19, 2010 12:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Women don't get many yuks in the comic strips.

Those are the findings of a University of Florida study released Wednesday.

An analysis of six of the most popular nationally syndicated strips over the span of a year showed women appeared less than half the time.

And when they did, the gag was on them.

Graduate student Daniel Fernandez-Bacca said in researching a sociology paper he found that when women do appear they usually don't say anything funny or act humorously.

Instead, he said, they serve as straight women - merely setting up the jokes so men can get the laughs.

He said women also are often used to reinforce such stereotypes as the harried or henpecking housewife.