Is sarcasm a sex-linked trait?

The question that occurs to my twisted mind is simple – is sarcasm and a tendency to be sarcastic related to the sex of the group involved? There are clearly other factors involved such as size of the group, etc., but let’s restrict ourselves to groups of less than 20 people here. This question comes to mind based on my own observations. 

The first observation is that when I am with a group of guys, sarcasm is both prevalent and well accepted. If the group gets large enough, sarcasm is still accepted, but is more and more subject to misinterpretation.
The second observation is the continuing contention on the part of my lovely spouse (of the female persuation) that sarcasm is both unpleasant and never an appropriate response.  This seems to be a response shared by most females in mixed groups.
Finally, I have no direct experience of the all female group dynamics, but my informants tell me that sarcasm is not held in high esteem there either.  Thus it would look a lot like the sitation is

Sarcasm OK Sarcasm Iffy Sarcasm No
All Male Group X
All Female Group X
Mixed Group X

Since I am by nature and temperment a sarcastic person, I have had to work hard to overcome my natural tendencies. One of the things I have learned in my years of dealing with the press and the public is that sarcasm does not work well in public bodies  In fact a sarcastic “You bet!” can be taken by the press or a public audience as a serious reply, usually with disasterous consequences.  For example, if asked “Do you support requiring all people to drive blindfolded?” and you answer with the obvious sarcastic “You bet!”, you can be assured that the headline in the next days paper is “Mayor Supports Blindfolded Driving“.  (In fact, you can be sure that not only a headline in 24 point bold screams across the masthead, but that an editorial will appear on the op-ed pages decrying what an insane idiot the mayor is. Ask me how I know.)
I guess that leaves me with only one place to be my standard sarcastic self – in small groups of my male friends.  Oh well.  I might manage to train myself to hold it in with other groups before I die.
Comments? (And can someone enlighten me of a method of creating tables in the Blogger interface without hand coding them?  Preferably built into the Blogger interface. Thanks.)

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