Jan 092008
 

Rape–Not so funny, right? Think again. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, it was a hot topic at the New Jersey Comedy Festival at Monmouth University, a new venue for aspiring college comedians.

“The competition’s most popular topic was, believe it or not, rape. The first
comic told two rape jokes. Another said he could never be a rapist because he
likes to sleep after sex. Yet another said he would call his victim the next
morning because he’s such a nice guy.

Er, ha.

Later one of the competitors began his act by promising the audience that he
wouldn’t tell any rape jokes. He broke that promise two minutes later with a
one-liner about using “ropes and formaldehyde” to solve his romantic problems.

Ha again.

The women in the competition (there were five) mostly steered clear of
forced-sexual-intercourse humor, though one did sing a ditty about not wanting
to be raped. They tended instead to focus on body image. One woman bemoaned the
fate of big girls when it comes to dating. Another groped her own breasts and
wondered aloud: “What are these for?””

The article is written in a ‘what can you expect from immature college students’ tone, but why is it so surprising that these young comedians think rape is funny given that rape has become a readily available form of entertainment with the advent of videos and the internet.

Meanwhile on the campaign trail…Mitt Romney displayed his ignorance about one of the most important tools in this country for combating rape and other forms of violence against women,

“During an “Ask Mitt Anything” forum at the Derry-Salem Elks Club here, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney demurred when an audience member asked him whether he would hold up reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act on the grounds that it kept men from visiting their children.

“I’m not familiar with the Act,” Romney replied.”

Guess he thinks rape is a form of entertainment too.

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