It’s a delayed blog post today thanks to Daniel Tosh who, after being heckled by a female audience member, suggested it would be funny if she were gang raped. The media has been all over this story and my feminist media monitoring colleagues have written some great pieces, drawing parallels between rape jokes and a culture where rape is acceptable and laughed at. From there, the discussion grew to how to tell a good rape joke: turn the power dynamic on it’s head and dismantle the culture of victim-blaming.
From there, I was inspired (and encouraged across list serves and social media platforms) to make a super cut of rape jokes. But how on earth do you take something like that out of context, critique it and then make it into something that isn’t a highlights reel of misogyny? It was difficult – especially within 24 hours. But tonight I’m happy (and exhausted) to be able to share my new super cut posted below.
I love this quote from Media Critic, Jenn Pozner:
“Media outlets are mischaracterizing the feminist response to Tosh: the takeaway shouldn’t be that ‘rape jokes are never funny.’ The great George Carlin proved they can be, when he used the image of Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd in a joke that dismantled the culture of victim-blaming,” says media critic Jennifer L. Pozner, Executive Director of Women In Media & News. “Humor can be used to expose injustice, as Carlin liked to do, or to reinforce it, as Tosh did by hostilely targeting a female audience member. And Tosh’s comedian pals saying she asked for it? That’s not comedy, that’s abuse.”