Mina SayWhat is on the cover of the April 15, 2019 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News. Inside the issue Mina speaks on being a woman with a sense of humor and how it is received in the work place. A recent study suggests that women and humor are not received well in the work place. Mina shares her story, which proves the opposite. Not only was this article included in the physical copy of the Daily News, but also digital distributed by the Philly Inquirer and Philly.com Read the full article HERE. Check out Mina’s excerpts below.
But plenty of funny women haven’t seen their careers play out that way. Mina Llona, aka radio host Mina SayWhat on Sirius XM’s The Heat and Boom 103.9, is sure that humor helped her as a Latina working in urban radio.
“There’s a stigma that comes with being a woman in a male-dominated field. Sometimes, they think we’re too serious or we’re too focused,” she said. “There’s these stereotypes that come with being that kind of woman. I think that being comical or being witty kind of breaks down some of those stereotypes.”
SayWhat said there are pluses to using humor as a woman in radio — using it makes you more likable and brings levity to news or commentary.
Still, she’s noticed women can’t seem to use sexual humor the way men can, without risking the consequences or being oversexualized. When she’s discussing R-rated topics on her show, she’s careful about not going too far.
Navigating this, she said, is about balance. And learning not to put women in boxes.