Like everyday feminist theory, humor can arise as a creative solution to pain and ally with women to close gaps. Saul Alinksy points out the similarities between theory and humor, writing that that ideal organizer has a sense of humor, they are "On the alert for contradictions because contradictions are the signposts of progress. A sense of humor helps [the organizer] identify and make sense out of them... A sense of humor is incompatible with the complete acceptance of any dogma, any religious, political or economic presecription for salvation".
Humor differs from theory in that it is not "serious". Like women, it can reclaim underestimation as a strength. It also allies with emotion. Both underestimation and emotion let the power of humor arrive undetected. This quality makes humor an ally to women's invisible work.
hooks' argues that theory is not inherently "liberatory, or revolutionary. It fulfills this function only when we ask that it do so and direct our theorizing towards this end" . In Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, Gregory Sholette writes the same about the revolutionary potential of populist art. Theory, art, and humor are all alike in this regard.