Friday, May 10, 2013

a comment to Sady Doyle about rape jokes

I left this comment at Not So Funny: Sam Morril’s Rape Jokes and Female Comedy Fans:
My guess is he didn’t respond because you opened with claims of statistics that are astonishingly suspect. As Christine Hoff Sommers wrote, regarding the CDC claims, “…where did the CDC find 13.7 million victims of sexual crimes that the professional criminologists had overlooked? It found them by defining sexual violence in impossibly elastic ways and then letting the surveyors, rather than subjects, determine what counted as an assault.” 
Do you think rape jokes cause rape? If so, superhero jokes should make me fly. And to make this more specific, “Kill all men” jokes should increase homicide. But they don’t. Black humor comes from the recognition of cultural taboos–there’s no evidence that black humor weakens those taboos. Do dead baby jokes cause abortions?