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.”

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  1. Posted November 17, 2011 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    Rape jokes aren’t funny.

    • Posted November 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

      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.

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