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“I don’t really have a joke here…I just thought I’d tell you.” I have consistently been having problems making jokes about the GOP since all their policies regarding women are already beyond what I can muster up to joke about. Check out Stewart on the transvaginal bill in Virginia.

A very detailed take on the who, what, when and where of Romney’s position shift on abortion.

On looking beyond Chris and Rihanna and using this moment to organize against a culture of violence that holds so many hostage.


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  • http://feministing.com/members/koralai/ Carrie

    Another news story that seems to have (re)surfaced recently concerns a speech Rick Santorum made in 2008 about Satan’s war on American culture. You can listen to an excerpt from the speech at MSNBC (http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/22/10478701-devil-in-the-details-santorum-hardly-alone-in-belief-in-satan), and read an analysis at Mother Jones (http://motherjones.com/politics/2012/02/does-santorum-believe-obama-part-satanic-plot) — though I’m sure there are many other analyses available.

  • http://feministing.com/members/iva84/ Iva T

    But the thing was, he *did* have many, many jokes about Virginia’s proposed medical rape law. Watching the segment on TV was uncomfortable and strange to say the least. I am definitely someone who can see the value of using humor to educate, inform, invoke a sort of cultural catharsis, etc. However, watching Stewart cracking about the government sanctioned violation of women made me lose it. I was sitting on the couch with my partner and just started crying about a minute into the segment. I know that I am extremely sensitive to media discussions on and portrayals of sexual violence. I guess, and I don’t know if this really adds anything useful to the conversation, I’m always wondering how humor can factor into the dialogue surrounding an experience that is so traumatic for so many.

  • http://feministing.com/members/marissa123/ Melanie

    I just signed up to comment specifically for this post. I wanted to response to Iva T and also to comment on the inclusion of the Jon Stewart video. Iva, you are not alone there. I found this video deeply upsetting and frankly I’m disappointed to see it reposted here. In his attempt to not do rape jokes, it’s ALL rape jokes. He only suggests that it is rape, even makes sure to call out instances in which non-rape things are claimed to be rape, but never friggen calls this out explicitly as being rape. And the whole time jokes about it!!! No this is not funny. No this is not okay. I’m sure this segment triggered millions of viewers and frankly I think it’s crappy that you are recreating the experience here. He dropped the ball big time on this and I don’t have the highest opinion of this post for the same reasons. At the very LEAST add a trigger warning.