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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

An appropriate phrase...

Recently tkingdoll of Skepchick introduced me to the phrase "a bit rapey". I never anticipated I would encounter something that I thought fit that descriptor. Yeah. Unfortunately I was wrong and, realistically, I think I would have to concede that this is very, very rapey:

For those of you who can't read the caption, it states:

Duct Tape

turns "no no no" into "mm mm mm"

The picture comes from the site "Very Demotivational" and, frankly, bothers me more than a little. Maybe it's because I'm a crazy ivory tower academic or something, but I really don't think that rape is funny. For that matter, I also don't really find sexual violence in general or violence against women in particular to be at all funny. But what's really frightening is that, judging by the ratings this picture has received, I'm in the minority in that regard:

Or, if you don't want to click on the image, the vote tally as of this screen cap stood at 1181 who approved and 513 who disapproved. So, in other words, only 30% of the people visiting the site who bothered to vote see a problem here.

Stay classy, internet. Stay classy.

I should note that I am not encouraging anyone to try and get this picture taken down. That would be a tad inconsistent with my generally extreme free speech position. I would, however, argue that this is a good opportunity to point out why joking about raping women is- to put it mildly- in poor taste. And if you disagree, try imagining that it was your daughter, sister, or mother in the above pic. How bloody funny is it now?

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Blogger LemmusLemmus said...

On the one hand: If you want to comment on anything on the internet that's at least as objectionable as this, you need to quit your job and hire a few people.

On the other: If you want to learn more about this kind of thing, there was an article a few years back in (I think) Violence against Women, in which the authors looked at rape porn sites which they found via Yahoo. Let's just say I didn't finish it.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If this is the most "in poor taste" thing that you have seen on the internet then you really don't get around much.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 9:02:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

Lemmus Lemmus: Are you suggesting that I should turn Total Drek into a small business? You know, I hear there are tax credits for that kind of thing...

Anonymous: Oh, please. I never said that it was the most "in poor taste" thing that I had seen online. By that standard, it doesn't even crack the top thirty percent and, in any case, the kind of scary shit I've seen online is legendary. Just ask my Former Hypothetical Roommate.

That said, I don't think that saying this isn't surprising or bothersome because other places on the internet are even worse cesspools is a terribly valid argument. What I found surprising in this case was that a site that focuses on generally good-natured humor ended up carrying such a strongly "ha, ha rape is funny" kind of message. It's a little like watching an episode of "Friends" only to discover Ross say to Rachel, "Shut the fuck up you stupid cunt!" followed by a laugh track. As bad as the things you might see elsewhere? Not really. Surprising in context? Hell yes.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 6:52:00 AM  
Blogger Marf said...

Everything should be able to be joked about. From death, to illness, to religion, to rape. Otherwise you end up with situations like Muhammad being censored on South Park.

Maybe I'm just from a different generation, but joking about something is not the same as supporting it.

@ Drek: Be careful, my blog actually did turn into a small business without be even knowing about it...

Sunday, April 25, 2010 7:22:00 PM  
Blogger Drek said...

Marf: Well, as my footnote stated, I certainly don't support censoring this type of thing. That said, declining to censor is not the same as declining to remark in response, "Wow, that's tasteless!" I don't think it's a generational thing and nor do I think that joking about something is the same as condoning it, but there's something about this particular image that I think is crossing a line a bit. It may be that I've been very close to a survivor of sexual assault, however.

Monday, April 26, 2010 7:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanna know who she is, for, ya know.... research purposes :-)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 4:52:00 AM  

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