Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Essential reading on why rape jokes perpetuate harm

For people who are not survivors of rape, get ready for some seriously valuable learning about rape in our society. This is such essential reading in my view, that the only people who I think can reasonably skip it are rape survivors (given that it has lots of trigger potential) — although many survivors may still find it very worth reading.

A woman walks into a rape, uh, bar” is an excellent exploration of the way the use of “humour” (in quotes because it’s not really funny) is used to reinforce the acceptance of rape in our culture. I don’t really have anything to add to it, so I’ll just say: Please read the article now.

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