What We Missed

President Obama is currently in Australia, and while I do not love the main purpose of this trip – to arrange an increased American military presence in my home country – this photo, of America’s first Black President and Australia’s first woman Prime Minister, makes me happy.

The New York Times on women comedians who tell rape jokes.

Al Jazeera on the rise of the extreme right wing group, the English Defence League.

If you loved Jay Smooth’s “How to Tell Someone They Sound Racist” (and you did), you’re going to love his TEDx talk, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Talking About Race.”

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/cheyanneaura/ cheyanneaura

    Rape jokes aren’t funny.

    • http://feministing.com/members/azure156/ Jenny Gonzalez-Blitz

      I wonder if they were to mock the rapists though? For the most part they always seem to be at the expense of the victim, or anyone else who might be repulsed by the act.

      Interestingly, the “Book of Mormon” rape “joke” mentioned, is given in the course of a musical number where the villagers are simultaneously describing their living conditions, cursing God, and giving a rude awakening to the sheltered missionaries who have just arrived. While it’s clear in the song that the rest of the villagers have stopped the man from acting on his superstition (based on actual news accounts, as are other aspects of the play), the joke is meant to be on the newcomers who have until now led an insular life and did not know these sorts of things happened. Does it make rape funny? No. But it creates a context for what they’re talking about beyond simply “oh there’s a rape joke here”. Also interesting is that the article makes no mention of a later object rape that occurs, which is strictly done as a punchline.