September 2017

Can rape jokes be funny?

You probably remember back when Daniel Tosh made that horrible rape joke during stand-up back in 2012, singling out a woman in his audience and saying it would be "funny" if she were raped by multiple men at that moment. From Jim Jeffries to Louis CK to even the fantastic George Carlin (who usually made comments that were anti-rape), comedians are not strangers to rape jokes, but most of them have been so callous about rape that their jokes were in poor taste at best.

How Men and Women See Things

Have you seen the College Humor cartoon about how men and women view the world? Some of the comics are dead on. The one where the man and woman meet and the man hopes that he doesn't seem weird while the woman hopes that he doesn't want to murder her reminds me of the Louis CK bit about a man being like a bear, and a woman on a blind date wrinkling her nose and saying, "I hope this one is nice!"

Smile, Sweetheart

Even as a little girl, I found myself so resentful of people who commanded me to smile for their pleasure. I'd glare and scowl as young as six without even considering the fact that my male relatives were never instructed to do so and it wasn't until college that I realized the inequity of the double standard. All I knew was that it was my face and I'd only smile if I wanted to, not because I was told to do so.