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Rape jokes weren’t funny.

Until this feminist website made a bunch of them.

Rape jokes can be funny — when the target is rape culture.

By Heather Libby

Something truly unique happened recently on the internet: A comedy website made rape jokes that were actually funny.

Most rape jokes usually have two things in common:

They’re made at the expense of survivors (who are often female), and the jokes are almost exclusively made by men.

Those kind of rape jokes aren’t funny to a lot of people, though. For survivors and allies, they can resurface buried trauma.

For women, they can be a reminder that 1 in 3 of us will be sexually assaulted in our lifetimes.

And, let’s be real: For comedy in general, they’re pretty darn lazy.

As Garry Trudeau (“Doonesbury”) famously reminded us last year: The best jokes “punch up,” never down.

Noor Khalil shared this link

How to tell a hilarious rape joke without actually laughing at rape.

It’s the difference between making fun of a kid who falls over and making fun of the grown man who tripped him.

Or in this case, making fun of the culture surrounding rape instead of the victims of it.

Reductress is a hilarious, witty, and unapologetically feminist website where writers take on issues like body image, “lady” marketing, fashion, and important moments in culture.

In this case, Reductress was responding to a story that’s reverberated through the New York comedy community this month.

Basically, anonymous female comedians who reported sexual assaults from another male comedian were met not with support. Instead, they were faced with doubt, insults, and even deeply offensive jokes at their expense.

For Reductress’ all-female editorial board, enough was enough.

On Aug. 17, 2016, Reductress published article after article full of jokes about rape.

By the evening, they had filled the entire homepage.

The stories weren’t full of the typical and incredibly hurtful jokes that we often hear, though.

Instead, the jokes pointed out common tropes and misconceptions about rape, hitting on all the issues that are oh-so-familiar to sexual assault survivors and their allies.

For example:

If you’re tired of hearing that women are “lying about rape to get attention,” reading “I Anonymously Reported My Rape for the Anonymous Attention” might feel pretty cathartic.

If you’re sick of the reminder that most survivors of sexual assault know their attacker personally,Man who sexually assaulted you likes your Facebook Post about assault” will ring agonizingly true.


India systematic raping customs? The Final Straw?

What’s her name? I see a picture of her. Many demonstrations AND outraged condemnations, but no name. Why? A taboo?

Is this raped girl must die incognito in order to preserve whose dignity, whose safety?

She was 23
Her fault she boarded the wrong bus
Six men raped her, indian file, and used an iron rod to tear her vagina-
Small intestine and large intestine came out
They left her to die on the road
What’s more is that no one even turned to look at her
No one even bothered to throw a shawl on the ill-clad
ill-fated girl
She can never live a normal married life again
She Went into coma five times since 16th December
She was unconscious
Critical and hasn’t been able to stop crying
But don’t worry
She wasn’t your sister
She wasn’t your daughter
But she could be.

The brutality has to stop right here guys
These people deserve serious punishment for their cruel,
Perverted act
She died yesterday Saturday 29th
December 2012
Rest in Peace♥

Raping doesn’t only happen in India..
But in every country around the world..
Is this how we treat our women?
It Makes me ashamed to even live on this planet today
If her death Touches u and you are against RAPE
“Write RIP”
If u Support RAPE

Photo: She was 23<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Her fault some people say because she boarded the wrong bus<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
And oh yeah<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
SHE WAS A GIRL<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Six men raped her one by one and then used an iron rod to tear her vagina-<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Small intestine and large intestine came out<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
They left her to die on the road<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Naked!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Wounded!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Exposed!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Devastated<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
What’s more is that no one even turned to look at her<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
No one even bothered to throw a shawl on the ill-clad<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
ill-fated girl<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
She can never live a normal married life again<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
She Went into coma five times since 16th December<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
She was unconscious<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Critical and hasn't been able to stop crying<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
But don’t worry<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
She wasn't your sister<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
She wasn't your daughter<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
But she could be. The brutality has to stop right here guys<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
These people deserve capital punishment for their cruel,<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Perverted act<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
She died yesterday Saturday 29th<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
December 2012<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Rest in Peace♥ and I pray that her killers get the WORST punishment possible<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
This doesn't only happen in India..<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
But in every country around the world..<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Is this how we treat our women?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
It Makes me ashamed to even live on this planet today<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
If her death Touches u and you are against RAPE<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
"Write RIP"<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
If u Support RAPE<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Emma Ruby-Sachs – of wrote:

A Join massive protests in India, and call on the government to strengthen laws and launch a major public education campaign to challenge and shame the grotesque attitudes that led to this violence:

Sign the petition

She was a physical therapy student who boarded a bus in Delhi last month. Six men locked the door, and savagely raped her for hours, including with a metal rod.

The ringleader of the woman’s rapists coldly says she deserved itbecause she dared to stand up to him.

They dumped her naked in the street, and after bravely fighting for her life, she died last weekend.

Across India, people are responding in massive protests to say enough is enough.

In India a woman is raped every 22 minutes, and few see justice.

Globally, a staggering 7 in 10 women will be physically or sexually abused in their lifetime.

This horror in Delhi is the last straw — it’s 2013, and the brutal, venal, global war on women must stop. We can start by drawing the line in India.

The government is accepting public comments for the next 24 hours.

We urgently need both stronger law enforcement and a massive public education program to change the grotesque but common male attitudes that permit violence against women.

If 1 million of us join the call for action, we can help make this young woman’s horror the last straw, and the beginning of a new hope:

Blaming the victim and other outrageous attitudes are found across society, including in the police system who continually fail to investigate rape.

Such views repress women and corrupt men everywhere.

Massively funded public education campaigns have radically shifted social behaviour on drunk driving and smoking, and can impact the treatment of women.

Tackling the root causes of India’s rape epidemic is vital, alongside better laws and faster legal processes.

Advertising in India is relatively cheap, so a significant funding commitment could blanket airwaves in multiple media markets for a sustained period of time.

The ads should target male subcultures where conservative misogyny thrives, directly challenging and shaming those attitudes, ideally using messengers like popular sports figures that carry authority with the audience.

We have just 1 day to influence the official Commission set up to find ways to crack down on India’s wave of sexual violence. If we can show real success in shifting attitudes in India, the model can be applied to other countries.

The money spent will more than pay for itself by reducing poverty and promoting development, since treatment and empowerment of women has been identified as one of the greatest single drivers of social and economic progress. Click to send a message directly to the Indian government:

From opposing the stoning of women in Iran, to supporting the reproductive rights of women in Morocco, Uzbekistan and Honduras, to lobbying for real action to counter the growing ‘rape trade’ in trafficked women and girls, our community has been on the front lines of the fight to end the war on women. This new year begins with new resolve in India.

With hope and determination,

Emma, Ricken, Luis, Meredith, Iain, Ian, Marie, Michelle, Alaphia, Allison and the rest of the Avaaz team

Read MORE 

India gang-rape: Five suspects charged in Delhi (BBC)

Verma committee flooded with suggestions on rape (News One India)

India’s ‘rape culture’ can be changed: women authors (Hindustan Times)

Activists woe low conviction rate, long trials (Times of India) 

Delhi Gang-Rape Underscores Rising Sexual Violence Against Indian Women (IB Times) 

Rise in rapes across India (ZeeNews)

70% of women experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime (UN report)




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