“Jokes about socially unacceptable things aren’t just “jokes.” They [normalise] that unacceptable thing, [telling] the people who agree with you that, yes, this is an okay thing to talk about.”
just a joke
In collaboration with Hoydenizens and others, a bingo card for arguments in defence of sexist jokes, specifically, the variants on “but it was FUNNY”.
[TW: rape culture] Don’t know about it yet? You’re lucky. Here’s a timeline. Geek Feminism and Shakesville have multiple posts on how Penny Arcade fucked up not so much with just(!) an insensitive rape joke in their webcomic, but with their mockingly dismissive responses (and how that played into their fans’ responses) to people’s objections to that webcomic.
Warning: the image in the linked article may be triggering for some readers. Stickers you can put on your luggage to make it easily identifiable? Good idea. Silly stickers like blocks of cocaine or dildos? Juvenile and likely to have… Read More ›