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quoteJun 11, 2013 8:27 pm
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)
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photosetDec 23, 2012 7:20 pm
We know, Amy. We know.
quoteNov 09, 2012 5:38 pm
"There are obvious difficulties with “women” trying to do comedy. Firstly the jokes sometimes get caught up in their lovely, long hair and never make it to the microphone. Added to that women all have babies once a year and it all adds up to a quick appointment with Dr. Problems. Another popular charge against “women” is that they only do jokes about the impact of climate change on the migration patterns of birds. An old argument I know but still! How many times have you been at a comedy night and, when it’s announced there is a female comic or two on the bill, have you heard a voice from the crowd mumble “oh God, they’ll probably just go on about migration patterns in birds and how climate change is affecting them… again!” Worse still, how often does this turn out to be actually true? Now don’t get me wrong, there are some great jokes about migrational patterns out there but come on ladies, what about the other important topics of the day like sport and punching each other’s balls"“Are women becoming TOO funny? (And is it time for a cull?)” - Tom Bell (via scruplesthecat)
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quoteJul 23, 2012 4:52 pm
"One of the worst ways to stop someone from telling sexist jokes is to tell him the joke isn’t funny. He’ll assume that you’re humorless and that he needs to save the good stuff for the right audience. If you really want someone to stop telling sexist jokes, you need to tell him, “I don’t get it” and then step back as he tries not to say, “It’s funny because women are stupid."
If This Isn’t From a Book, It Should Be (via gaircyrch)
Oh my god, I’m gonna have to try this it’s brilliant. I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time.
I’ve done this (it’s been so long I can’t remember what came seeing this quote or responding that way), but let me tell you it works. Just stare at them all blankly and say “what do you mean?” Works every time.