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Anonymous said: I just discovered ur blog and ur truly amazing!! anyway today I encountered this motherfuckin cum stain who made a rape joke, I told him it's not a laughing matter but he told me I was just being a bitch, so i wanted to know if u have any good (1/2)
any good articles written about rape jokes? I remember I read one which had statistics and everything and how rapists think it’s ok to rape when they see men joking abt it constantly and such. I’m gonna print them on that motherfucker’s forehead (2/2
Ew that dude sounds gross and shitty. Here’s a pretty long answer with relevant information and resources.
A 1998 study by Lycoming College found that enjoyment of sexist humor was related to negative rape-related attitudes and the self-reported likelihood of committing rape.
A 2004 study by the Western Michigan University found that “disparagement humor is likely to increase tolerance of other instances of discrimination against the targeted group”. The study discovered that “men are more tolerant of a sexist event (e.g. sexual harassment) after they have been exposed to sexist humor”.
This same study proposed the Prejudiced Norm Theory. In essence, this theory has two prongs. One, disparagement humor makes light of the expression of prejudice towards the oppressed group and thereby communicates an implicit message that one need not consider discrimination against the targeted group in a serious or critical manner. Two, humorous communication activate a conversational rule of levity, whereby people switch from a serious mindset to a non-serious, humor one. This prevents the message from being received critically, and the recipient of the joke automatically accepts the norm implied by the joke.
A 2007 study by the University of Kent found that “sexist humor (i.e. rape jokes and such) provides a local norm that is tolerant to prejudice and discrimination. This in turn leads to men, especially those in acquaintance rape situations, to report higher levels of rape proclivity and victim blame; lower levels of perceived seriousness of the rape and recommend shorter sentence lengths.”
Above are the facts; now I will explain why rape jokes are harmful.
The reason rape jokes are so harmful is that they normalize and trivialize rape and often other forms of violence against women. The recipients of the joke are unlikely to critically analyze the joke as opposed to how they would react to a directly sexist statement, because they’re taught to dismiss jokes as “just a joke”. This also allows people to make rape jokes without culpability or accountability because, again, they can use the “just a joke” cop-out.
Rape jokes not only hurt potential rape victims, they also hurt rape survivors. Rape survivors already face skepticism and doubt when they talk about their assault, and rape jokes exacerbate this problem. Rape jokes victim blame and paint rape as okay and non-serious, hence making it hard for survivors to be taken seriously. Of course, then there also is the psychological harm done to survivors who hear a rape joke being casually made and their experiences invalidated.
At the end of the day, rape jokes are harmful because they perpetuate rape culture and increase the propensity to rape as well as hurt rape survivors.