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.