Feminism impeding the advancement of women in boardrooms
...I am surprised the linguistic expert missed the obvious reason why women self deprecating humor is not "well received." The men do not want to be perceived as denigrating their female colleagues. They also probably fear that the humor may be a set up for a sexual harassment, or hostile environment claim. It is the same reason that jokes that might have a sexual edge to them are no longer as commonplace as they were before the "hostile environment" era became common. The feminist have put women in the work place in an awkward position unintentionally.