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Rape Jokes

The Most Devastating Betrayals Come From Those You Love

Kelley Calkins | Posted 12.09.2016 | Women
Kelley Calkins

I made eye contact with the stray llama that was set away from the pack before I succumbed to my sudden and violent nausea, doubling over and dry heav...

Killing Jokes

James Altschul | Posted 06.23.2016 | College
James Altschul

The domain of being offended was once dominated by religious puritans and overprotective parents imploring others to "think of the children." The idea that college students would be the vanguard of concern over offensive comedy was itself a laughable notion.

'Pitch Perfect' Keeps Making Rape Jokes. It's Not A Laughing Matter.

Tyler Kingkade | Posted 01.21.2015 | College
Tyler Kingkade

No always means no.

In Less Than Two Minutes, This Marine Explains The Problem With Military Rape Jokes

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women

"It's hard to believe that in 2014 that I have to tell my fellow marines and my fellow veterans that they shouldn't make rape jokes about the women th...

Kind Of Everything You Need To Know About Being A Female Comedian

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Comedy

In this clip from the Live @ The Apt show, comedian Giulia Rozzi explains exactly what it's like to be a funny woman, on the internet and everywhere e...

No, Thought Catalog, My Short Hair Cut Still Isn't the Same as Rape

Kelsey Bain | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Kelsey Bain

In a culture where women's bodies are constantly objectified, where men such as yourself seem to think that they have some kind of claim over them, a post such as this only serves to further the idea that consent is some silly slogan those "crazy feminists" throw around, rather than something that is essential for safe and healthy sexual encounters.

Uh Oh, Patton Made Twitter Angry... Again

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 05.31.2014 | Comedy

Uh oh, Patton Oswalt made Twitter mad again. This time by tweeting about rape in a way that angry, so-called "male rights activists" -- many of whom f...

How Rape Jokes Contribute to Rape Culture

Madeline Wahl | Posted 06.30.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

The shock that materializes at the realization that someone close to you has been raped or sexually assaulted shatters reality and questions whether there is actually good in the world.

Stop Saying 'Rape' Out of Context

Amelia Shroyer | Posted 06.16.2014 | Women
Amelia Shroyer

When I hear the word "rape," especially when it is used out of context, it makes me extremely uncomfortable. It can make me feel unsafe -- either physically or emotionally -- in the company of the people who've said it. It is painful; it makes me feel ashamed, used, and violated all over again.

Performance Artist Deconstructs The Rape Joke In One-Woman Show (NSFW)

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.13.2013 | Arts

Warning: This article contains content some might find sensitive. Adrienne Truscott is telling rape jokes, lots of them, and she's not wearing any ...

A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes

Patton Oswalt | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Patton Oswalt

There is a collective consciousness that can detect the presence (and approach) of something good or bad, in society or the world, before any hard "evidence" exists. It's happening now with the concept of "rape culture." Which, by the way, isn't a concept. It's a reality.

There Was An Awkward, Rape-Insinuating Joke At This Xbox One Event

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.11.2013 | Technology

Microsoft's keynote speech at E3 on Monday had it all. At the video game expo in Los Angeles, Microsoft gave gamers the Xbox One's release date (Novem...

Guys, We Can Counter Rape Culture

Mike Amato | Posted 08.10.2013 | Comedy
Mike Amato

Comics don't take well to being told they're misogynist and yet they love being told that they're offensive.

That Time (and Times) I Told a Rape Joke

Amanda Brooke-Perrin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Comedy
Amanda Brooke-Perrin

I, personally, will never tell another rape joke. I once was a negative force in rape culture. It's real and it's not okay and it's time that we start talking about it.

Can Rape Jokes Be Funny? Sure, Says This Feminist

Selena Coppock | Posted 08.06.2013 | Comedy
Selena Coppock

I am both a comedian and a feminist and I feel torn by this rape joke debate. I have a lot of dogs in this race.

5 Things to Remember While Watching Comic vs. Feminist on Totally Biased

W. Kamau Bell | Posted 08.03.2013 | Comedy
W. Kamau Bell

Could it have been better? Sure? I certainly could have done a better job of playing traffic cop. But it was exactly what I wanted it to be: a well-mannered, intelligent, often funny, and always impassioned discussion about a sensitive and charged issue that you rarely see on TV.

Jim Norton & Lindy West Debate Rape Jokes

Posted 05.31.2013 | Comedy

If you've noticed that comedians and feminists have been butting heads more and more lately, you're not alone. With "rape jokes" at the heart of the o...

Are Rape Jokes Funny?

Paul Krassner | Posted 10.30.2012 | Comedy
Paul Krassner

Even in a joke, why should women be assaulted because men made the laws? What's funny is always subjective but not incapable of alteration.

Rape and Women's Voice

Michael Kimmel | Posted 10.23.2012 | Politics
Michael Kimmel

To believe that you can change the meaning of a word by turning it into a metaphor or a joke is the essence of male entitlement.

Louis CK: 'I Had No Idea' About Tosh Rape Joke Controversy

Posted 09.16.2012 | Comedy

Comedian Louis CK found himself in some hot water last week after posting what appeared to be a tweet of support for comedian Daniel Tosh amidst the p...

Forget Tosh -- The Outrage Isn't the Joke, It's the Laughter

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 09.15.2012 | Comedy
Soraya Chemaly

Ultimately, no one will care about Tosh. But, someone will care about this: in the time it took me to write this paragraph another woman was raped. Jokes like the one Tosh told perpetuate a culture that not only tolerates this, but encourages it.

Rape Jokes Are Funny if They're Funny

Mike Amato | Posted 09.12.2012 | Comedy
Mike Amato

I'm not particularly obsessed with offensive humor but more with how humor works. My philosophy on such humor has always been simple: It's offensive till proven funny.

New Domino's Artisan Pizza Ad Offends With Rape Innuendo

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.12.2012 | Women

A new ad for Domino's artisan pizza may have crossed the line from delicious into derogatory when it featured the phrase, "No Is The New Yes." For...

When Rape Jokes Are Never Funny

Meghan O'Keefe | Posted 09.10.2012 | Comedy
Meghan O'Keefe

Why did the Daniel Tosh incident "cross the line" for so many people? It's not that comics can't cross lines. Comics should say whatever they want.

The Post-UCB Monologue Era: A Reflection on Rape Jokes in Comedy

Adeline | Posted 11.01.2011 | Women

After multiple viewings of the now-infamous "date rape monologue" that was delivered at the the Upright Citizen Brigade's Del Close Marathon, I thought to myself: "I wonder how Kyle and Zach would tell it. They were funny guys." When I say "it," I refer to my own rape.