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That’s what she read – June 4

Posted in That's what she read by aulecteur on June 4, 2013

So many interesting things to read. Here are a few of them. It’s a good mix covering rape jokes, Mad Men and Dove’s marketing bullshit.

 

What do rapists think about rape jokes?, XOjane.com, June 4, 2013

This article presents one of the best argument against rape jokes – the best being that they’re gross, you sick0. This article posits shame is the key to understanding why rape jokes are best left out of a comic’s set. It says basically, who’s side are you on, anyway? Would you rather be on the side of women (your mother, grandmother, sister, friends…) or rapists, in general as “rapists” or personally; men who are potentially, I hate to say it, your father, grandfather, brother, friends…? Rape jokes normalize sexual assault, sex without consent. It’s funny to take advantage or violate a woman who can’t, for whatever reason, object.

“My ex-girlfriend never made me wear a condom… She was on the pill: Ambien!”

This joke is funny. You know why? Because of the element of surprise. Perfectly timed, a pregnant pause after the set up, the joke lands with aplomb. You laugh because you get the joke, and it is clever. But when you think about it, don’t you just know it’s incredibly wrong to laugh about what is the reality of an unknowable number of women, and with every possibility, a woman in the comedy club, as the article states.

“Ultimately, the question of comedians making the sort of rape jokes that comfort rapists isn’t really a matter of can they make those jokes, or even a question of should they. It’s your mic, man, you can do whatever you want to do while you’re holding it. The question is, if you’ve got that mic in your hand, why do you want to use it to make rapists feel better?”

 

Is Megan Going To Be Murdered On “Mad Men”?, Buzzfeed.com, June 4, 2013

H/T to Reddit for this theory of murder most foul on Mad Men. I totally buy it and think it would be seriously excellent television. Is it wrong that I want this to happen? I do love a bit of ultra violence.

 

Dove’s Real Beauty is bogus, Canada.com, May 31, 2013

I knew this but in case you didn’t, check it out. Dove’s brand is all about “real beauty” and changing the perception of what is beautiful, right? Well, their parent company is Unilever which also owns AXE, which is notorious for using the sex appeal of your typical hottie to sell body spray. It’s all marketing, kids.