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View Diary: This week in the War on Women: Wanna hear a joke? You should be raped! Hahaha! (322 comments)

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  •  I'll repeat: (7+ / 0-)
    But the best comics use their art to call bullshit on those terrible parts of life and make them better, not worse.
    If you're confused, I really do encourage you to check out Kate Harding's 15 examples. The distinction is making a joke about a difficult issue (rape, racism, the Holocaust, what have you) that puts the issue under the microscope and uses humor to illustrate what the problem really is, what it's about, how our society deals (or doesn't deal) with it, etc. Making a joke about the victim, making a joke that perpetuates rather than challenges the issue ... that is the distinction. Calling bullshit on something to make a truthful point can be productive and funny. Perpetuating the bullshit? Not so much.

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