But, it’s funny, right, because rape? Because rape is one of the single most horrific things a person can go through, right? Funny, yeah? Because survivors have to hear this all the time from every person who thinks they’re being edgy, right, when all they’re doing is…
Just because people joke about something doesn’t mean they don’t care about it, it just means they want to make people laugh for a few second and forget all the shitty things in the world. I may joke about black people, but it doesn’t mean I hate them and am hoping for a second holocaust. I know rape is bad, but a joke should not be taken seriously.
This is the arguement that I hear the most when concerning x joke and why it’s okay to joke about them.
If our society understands sexual assault, empathizes with the very many people it affects, and is socially and politically driven with the concept that Rape is Bad and Must Be Stopped then why does it happen every two minutes within the U.S.? Why is there only a 6% conviction of rapists? Further more, what if you make so called joke and trigger someone? What if you caused them to have a panic attack, right there. What if they haven’t found the strength and ability to speak up for themselves and force themselves into awkward laughter? What if your “joke” causes them to spiral into depression.
You know what’s even worse? When a person that can be triggered and has experienced rape, continues to ‘joke’ about it because somewhere deep inside all the victim-blaming, all the guilt, the lack of real understanding and compassion from friends, and family makes them think that the joke is reality and on some level, they deserved it, or could have stopped it or so on and so forth.
How the fuck does that make someone forget about the shitty things in the world? Not to mention why would you even think it’s okay to use a horrible atrocity that pervades our society without very little resistance and leaves so many people struggling behind, is a good way to make you forget about another shitty thing?
If the only thing you can laugh at is in the in the face of victims and survivors, than you my friend, have never cared about rape or the people that it affects, and you are only living in the same me-orientated world that has never had to effectively deal with sexual assault between you, or a friend, or a family member. Nothing is funny about rape. It’s insulting, trivializing, and mocking to sit there and joke about something so destructive it has even been used as a weapon for war.