Let me be clear: I don’t believe that previously non-raping audience members are going to take to the streets in a rape mob after hearing one rape joke. That’s an absurd and insulting mischaracterization. But I do believe that comedy’s current permissiveness around cavalier, cruel, victim-targeting rape jokes contributes to (that’s contributes—not causes) a culture of young men who don’t understand what it means to take this stuff seriously.
And how did they try and prove me wrong? How did they try to demonstrate that comedy, in general, doesn’t have issues with women? By threatening to rape and kill me, telling me I’m just bitter because I’m too fat to get raped, and suggesting that the debate would have been better if it had just been Jim raping me.
This isn’t just coming from anonymous trolls. Local comics — whom I know and work with — have told me to shut the fuck up. One hopes I’ll fall down a flight of stairs. (He later apologized—to my boyfriend, not me.)” —LINDY WEST, writing on Jezebel, “If Comedy Has No Lady Problem, Then Why Am I Getting So Many Rape Threats?” (via inothernews)
I’m really disappointed when I’m reminded that the boy I’m dating thinks rape jokes are funny and tells me to “calm down” because I’m “taking them too seriously.” Rape is never funny, and it’s not something I’m going to fucking calm down about.
He is part of the disgusting problem that is rape culture, and truly thinks that the most horrific experiences of peoples’ lives are something that can be made fun of without consequence.
How am I supposed to respond to that? His mentality is not the one that I want present in my future world, but he’s plainly not willing to consider that his “jokes” are symptomatic of the victim-shaming that plagues legitimate victims.
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This medicine is often desperately needed. It must be taken within a specific 120 hour period in order to be effective. It prevents a condition that can be devastating to the people it affects, especially young people, who are more likely to develop depression, drop out of school, and even die. Furthermore, if young people can’t get this medicine when they need it, they are more likely to spend their lives in poverty, never marry, and have their kids end up in jail.
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Because the medicine is emergency contraception, the medical condition it treats is pregnancy, and Americans are terrified of teenage girls being in control of their own sexuality.” —Anya Josephs, Girls of All Ages Need Access to Emergency Contraception (via sparkamovement)
why do teachers have such an intense hatred for wikipedia
because it does their job better than them
my history teacher used to mess with wikipedia when he gave us assignments
half my class had essays about how hitler was secretly in a relationship with stalin
IM LAUGHING REALLY HARD RIGHT NOW