Daniel Tosh begs the differ!
they aren’t.. they are hilarious.
I am too tired for this so I’m quoting things at you:
“Statistically, if you have told a rape joke to a group of more than five people, one of the people you told it to was a rape survivor, possibly of multiple rapes. They will not necessarily disclose this to you; rape apologism is endemic in society and most rape survivors are cautious about whom they tell. Some may even be too ashamed of their rape to admit it to anyone, or because of rape-minimizing narratives like “men can’t be raped” and “I consented to oral, so I couldn’t have been raped” may not admit it even to themselves. The fact remains: if you’ve told dozens of rape jokes in your life, then you have almost certainly told a joke that minimizes or trivializes rape in front of a survivor.
And if you put as your Facebook status “I totally raped at Halo today” for your two hundred Facebook friends to see, statistically, you have just reminded thirty-three people of one of the worst experiences of their entire lives.
To describe how well you did at a video game.
Good job!” —An Addendum, On Rape Jokes.
“For some people, it’s not “just a word.” Think about the meaning behind words and how the people around you might interpret them before you blather on about how you aren’t interested in being politically correct. No one is asking you to be politically correct; we’re asking you to be a decent human being.
What’s just a word to you could be for someone else a reminder of the most traumatic, life-altering event they have ever endured. You might be talking about how badly you just lost at a game, or how awful your final exam was, but for the person listening to you its just a fresh reminder of what was possibly the worst moment of their life. And what’s worse is you’re showing them that that horror they survived, that they spend every day trying to fully overcome, is not some great atrocity. In fact it’s nothing worse than losing at a video game, or failing a test, or whatever trivial moment you’re equating it to. Don’t do that to someone else, don’t make light of such a dark event. Saying things that you know might trigger someone else doesn’t make you edgy or controversial.
It just makes you a dick.” - pervyanon
I tried to give the show Two Broke Girls a chance until the ep where “rape” was used as a joke.