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World: Why Rape Jokes Are Not Funny

Categories: Citizen Media, Women & Gender

Hannah [1] maintains the blog Afternoon Snooze Button and publishes [2] a rather detailed post aiming at demonstrating “why rape jokes are uniquely bad”. She writes: “People who enjoy rape jokes commonly want to be told that rape isn’t a big deal, that it’s just sex, and that other people think so, too. […] That doesn’t mean that anyone who’s ever laughed at a rape joke is a future rapist. What it does mean is that these jokes provide the ammunition that these people need to justify themselves and think, ‘Hey, rape is not that big of a deal. It’s funny. Look, they all think so, too.’ “