Hello everyone. A recent thread on another forum about cultural humor had inspired me to make this thread. Specifically, how do you feel about cultural sensitivity and cultural humor? It's good to laugh at ourselves, and my understanding is that we tend to laugh about each other's cultures among friends. At the same time, I've heard of cultural sensitivity. Even a lighthearted, "Hey Aussie, your mama's a kangaroo?" might come off as exceedingly offensive to some folks. Interestingly enough, those who aren't offended will tell the offended to lighten up and stop being so sensitive about everything. I guess what I want to ask are two things: - What is the right balance between cultural sensitivity and cultural humor? When and how do you know when some jokes are appropriate and when others aren't? Sometimes, the 'overly-sensitive person' has a legit reason for being sensitive about certain topics. - Is it possible for someone to take their culture so seriously that they forget to laugh at it every once in a while? If so, why? Why do they forget to laugh about their culture from time to time? OK, I lied. One more thing: - Is it true that there's a mentality of cultural humor where it's OK if we make fun of our own culture but no one else can't? If so, why is that? The humor swings both ways: if you get to make fun of them, they get to make fun of you. 'K, done now. Proceed. Also, if you want to lighten up the discussion with stories of your own cultural humor/cultural jokes you've told among friends, feel free to share!