Speaking of rape jokes…

*Trigger warning*

I appreciate all of the conversation happening around LOLZRapeGate2012. I really do. Never has there been such a potent mix of characters – somehow strange and stereotypical — thrown into the same spotlight. Daniel Tosh, bloggers, rapists, Louis CK, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, humorless feminists, and hilarious feminists alike are all finding themselves drawing, erasing, and then redrawing the lines of their boundaries around what it means to be funny, politically correct, and socially responsible. In my eyes, that’s a net positive, and in fact much of the dialogue that emerged from Tosh’s terrible “joke” has been really important and is certainly adding to the national, and maybe even global, dialogue around rape culture.

That being said, now might be a good time to remind you guys that offensive and terrible rape jokes also exist ON THEIR FACE. So while it’s all fine and good to debate the merits of so-called “grey-area” (forgive me) rape jokes, meaning those committed by people who ostensibly do not think earnestly raping people is a good idea, it’s also probably a good idea to keep in mind that there are people out there who genuinely do find the idea of actual rape funny.

Screenshot of the recently hacked site feminism.org via Buzzfeed.

Thankfully, I don’t have to remind you of that, because some misogynistic jackasses did it for me.

Last night, feminism.org was hacked. And the results weren’t pretty. As is often the case when internet anonymity meets misogynistic cowards, rape jokes in all their uglyy — and totally earnest — glory abound, along with gross racial slurs and derogatory, sexist language. A menu item on the site was changed to read “how to get raped 1 on 1″. Fake course descriptions offered include “[how to tell] rape jokes” (which, based on the extreme lack of humor displayed by the hacked site, could certainly not be taught by the hackers themselves). While the offensive content appears to have been removed at the time of this writing, the effect remains. The big takeaway? We can debate rape jokes all we want, but at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that there are people out there who use them because they actively hate feminism and women’s rights so much that they literally want to take them down.

More disgusting screenshots from the hack job over at Buzzfeed (*Trigger warning* and *NSFW).


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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/cassius/ Brüno

    I think the author misses the point. The hilarity werent rape jokes at all, but to hack a feminist site and write the exact opposite of what a feminist would write. If they would have hacked some other site, I am sure the content the hackers would have replaced it with would have been again related to the content that was online before the hack.

  • http://feministing.com/members/femarmregime/ Jane

    *trigger warning*
    Speaking of Daniel Tosh and finding actual rape funny, last summer he showed an actual sexual assault of a teen boy. It’s still up at the Tosh.0 webpage. But it’s absolutely horrible. Here’s write up of the video.

  • makomk

    We’re talking about 4chan here, you’re seriously overestimating the amount of actual message in their trolling. For instance, from what I can tell at this point the only reason anyone outside of 4chan even saw those menu items is because someone from 4chan itself screencapped the site before another person replaced them all with the word “penis”. Yes, seriously.

    • http://feministing.com/members/treefinger/ Candice

      4chan? Try Reddit, a.k.a the place where 4channers go when other 4channers consider them too misogynistic (and as you pointed out, that’s saying something). The founder of 4chan even shut down /r9k/, the main board where nice guys would congregate to unironically espouse misogyny, out of embarassment (though it was reinstated sometime later). Meanwhile on Reddit, admins are best friends with creepy pedo member violentacrez and refuse to shut down subreddits such as r/rapingwomen and r/beatingtrannies, and the PUA and Men’s Rights subreddits thrive.

      Reddit: literally worse than 4chan (as much as I hate them at least 4chan permabanned and reported people to the FBI for posting child porn from the start, which the former only started doing after a massive viral campaign).

      (and sorry to go on a tangent about this, I agree with everything in the main post- but seriously I hate Reddit, it’s one of the most mainstream sites where MRA is considered more valid than feminism, and many people don’t realize how many horrible users there are)

    • http://feministing.com/members/jemma/ Jemma Howitzer

      There’s always some man who rolls up to the womens forums and tells us we’re overanalyzing something that doesn’t exist, that 4chan isn’t sexist it just “is”, and that we’re being too emotional about “nothing” because the internet is the internet.

      Basically, you want us to stop talking about it, stop thinking about it, and just “boys will be boys” the whole thing and call it a day?

      Nope. We will continue theorizing and debating, and if unnecessary thinking pains you, you may leave.

    • http://feministing.com/members/angelh/ Angel H.

      Yes, 4chan is mostly populated by immature neanderthals. But these are the same type of people who buy tickets to Daniel Tosh’s shows and encourage his rape “humor”. Should we really let this slide?

  • http://feministing.com/members/meganhussey/ Megan Hussey

    I think it was back in college that I first realized that there are indeed people who find rape to be a constant and consistent source of genuine hilarity. I was a co-organizer of my campus’ first Take Back the Night march, and throughout the course of our first march we were basically ‘trolled’ by passersby; one man shouted out of a car window that he ‘loved rape'; another shouted out “Free Rick James!” (At that time James was being investigated on sex-related charges). Then two young ladies, out walking alone at night and thus at great risk, tried to drown our chants by reciting their own version of the “Schmiel, schmozzle” chant that originated on the television program Laverne and Shirley.

    I offered my own view on the Tosh situation here: http://community.feministing.com/2012/07/11/the-utter-disgrace-of-the-rape-joke/

  • http://feministing.com/members/buck/ Buck

    Rape jokes are in poor taste. The hackers who hacked this site need to grow up. Reddit and 4chan house very immature people who find power behind a keyboard. This is all true.

    However, my question is… What would be the best course of action against these people and their methods? The hackers can be legally fought if they were able to be found out. But for the rest, is it not freedom of speech? You are allowed to say whatever you want pretty much, so long as it is not a threat or libel. So, yes it is a terrible reality about the human race, but besides boycotting their sites and spreading the word of the indiscretions, there isn’t much to be done sadly.