Understanding the social consequences of disparaging humor interests me because of its pervasiveness in social interaction, and because It has a subtle power to change social realities (definitions of a social context) and thus affect behavior. In our research we’ve focused to this point on the social consequences of exposure to sexist humor. Our findings demonstrate that sexist humor is not simply benign amusement. For men who have sexist attitudes it can create a perceived social norm of tolerance of discrimination against women, and as a result, increase personal tolerance of discrimination against women and even increase willingness to engage in sexist behavior without fears of disapproval.
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1.) I get a lot of messages asking me if this is an elaborate attempt at trolling.
Can I just say: you’ve got to be pretty damn ignorant, pitiful, and stupendously nonsensical if, when you come across a feminist response to some all-out misogynist fuckery, you immediately think: “Ha ha! Must be a ruse! I’m sure she’s really on my side.”
Sorry, asshole. This time, we’re not on your side. You can take your pathetic attempt to reframe this situation into something that makes your balls more comfortable and shove it straight up your ass. And then throw yourself into a woodchipper for good measure.
2.) I have been asked, “Why do you talk about the rape jokes in Penny Arcade but not the violent humor? Gabe and Tycho make jokes about murder all the time, but you only get mad about the rape jokes. Why are they different?”
Elementary, my dear neckbeard. (Although before I begin answering this question, I’d like to point out that we have posted some strips that address the issue of using gratuitous violence as humor in Penny Arcade. But I digress.)
You’re right—if someone were to say, “I really killed that test,” I would not flinch the way I would if someone were to say, “I really raped that test.”
I feel this way for a variety of reasons.
When someone is murdered, nobody (in their right mind, anyway) thinks: “Well, what were they wearing?”
They don’t say, “Maybe they led the murderer on. Maybe the murderer was just confused. Maybe the murderer legitimately thought that the victim just wanted to die.”
They don’t say, “Sometimes things like murder do happen if you aren’t aware of your situation at all times.”
No one would think, “Oh, now look. Why did they have to go and report this murder? Murder ought to be a private matter. It’s between the murderer and the victim.”
No one would think, “Did this murder really have to be reported? This is going to tear the family apart.”
Who would seriously say: “Is murder really that bad? Can’t the victim and the victim’s family just get over it already?”
Who would seriously say: “I don’t know about this. False murder accusations are made all the time.”
No one would think that someone deserves to get murdered just because they had a few drinks.
The vast majority of murders do not go unreported.
1 in 6 women will not be murdered in her lifetime.
1 in 33 men will not be murdered in his lifetime.
When you make a joke about murder, you can be reasonably certain that a person who was murdered will not hear it.
Society as a whole does not treat murder at best like an unfortunate, shameful hindrance and at worst like a flat-out myth.
Society as a whole does not have a strict narrative about what kinds of murders are real murders, or “murder-murder”.
Society does not have congressmen writing bills that would strictly limit the parameters of what might be considered murder.
Most people see murder as a fairly black-and-white issue—but the same can’t be said of rape.
Many rape victims are disbelieved, minimized and ridiculed at almost every turn.
Most rape victims will never see justice for the crime that was committed against them.
Most will never be able to come forward—for a variety of reasons, but in part because things like rape jokes serve to normalize rape in this society and reframe it as something jocular, unimportant, trivial, mundane, silly. Everyday.
This is why I hate rape jokes more than I hate jokes about murder. And why I will continue to call out Penny Arcade.
If that upsets you, neckbeards, tough shit. Go cry to your Real Doll about it.