I loved this post about rape jokes on Jezebel. It’s amazing, and I recommend watching the videos Lindy West included. And it led to this post about funny people *- also awesome. Some context for the first post comes from this other Jezebel by Erin Gloria Ryan, “Daniel Tosh is Sorry He Told a Female Audience Member That She Should Get Hilariously Raped.” Finally, here’s screenshot of a spot-on comment on that last post:
Let’s review: making fun of rapists for being so fucking entitled that they think it’s all right to rape someone can be funny; making comments more or less encouraging the rape of an audience member is not funny; most rape jokes in general are not funny.
* I would like to throw something out there – it seems to me that men-are-funny women-are-not thing may be a reversal of past ideas. I’m under the impression that court fools weren’t always men, and women at court were expected to be clever and make both men and other women laugh. Sure, they usually couldn’t tell outright-lewd jokes, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t funny.