Yeah, I’m pretty offended by sexism and I laugh at sexist jokes all the time.
I read a ‘sexist’ joke here on the boards (would love to attribute it to the correct poster, but I can’t remember who):
Q: Why did the feminist cross the road?
A: To suck my cock.
I don’t know why, but I thought that was just great and I laughed out loud, which I rarely do when reading or own my own - both of which where true of me at the time.
With the caveat that “this will be funnier if you pretend I’m male!” - I’ve told it to practically everyone I know (barring grandparents, around whom I can’t quite bring myself to use the phrase “suck my cock” ;)).
I’ve always thought that sexist/racist jokes depend upon the teller. Sometimes the reason that they’re funny is because you know that you and the joker are seeing the racist or sexist position as the funny part of the joke and not the stereotype or insult presented. When a truly sexist person tells that joke, they’re probably thinking that it’s funny because it “puts those nagging femi-nazis right in back in their place - hah! stupid hairy-legged femi-nazis, damn straight they can suck my cock!”
When I hear it, I’m thinking the funny lies in the instantaneous and utter rejection of a very basic feminist principle - ‘women do not exist solely for the sexual pleasure of men’ - by a caricature of a ‘typical’ sexist male. It’s “That position is such a stupid one to take that it makes me laugh”.
You can usually tell in which direction the joker intends the mean-spiritedness of the joke to go.