“Rape jokes are not jokes. Woman-hating jokes are not jokes. These guys are telling you what they think. When you laugh along to get their approval, you are giving them yours”- Thomas Miller, “Meet the Predators”
One of our society’s most interesting cultural artifacts can be found in what we collectively define as “funny”. Although frequently downplayed as “just a joke”, the images, words, and messages we share reveal a great deal about social attitudes and play a tremendous role in what society deems normal and acceptable. The materials from this week in particular highlight the ways that the social construction of humor can construct and reinforce sexual scripts and rape culture.
For this activity, you will describe and discuss a “joke” that introduces or reinforces social sexual scripts and/or rape culture (see the reading by Katharine Ryan for more detailed understanding of these terms). This can be something you have seen in a movie or TV show, a meme or image you have seen on Instagram, a tiktok video, or even a joke told amongst people you know. If it is available online, please share a link or copy of the image.
Your discussion should include analysis of the following by drawing connections to the videos and readings from this week:
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