Rape Jokes and Popular Culture

TitleRape Jokes and Popular Culture
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFunke, RD, Boxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics,
Pagination1 p.
Date Published09/2012
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
KeywordsCOMMUNICATION , computer , Computer Ethics , Media Studies , personal , personal ethics
AbstractIn 2011, Facebook some public notoriety (and support) when it refused to take down a page on its site entitled, "You know she's playing hard to get when your(sic) chasing her down an alleyway."The page was created by a user who thought it was a funny joke. The page came under attack from support groups and charities for victims or rape and sexual assault who asked that it be taken. Rape humor is hardly an anomaly on social media sites, it is also prevalent throughout modern popular culture. Some defend rape humor by arguing that there is a difference between telling, writing, spreading and laughing at rape humor and condoning or celebrating rape. Others, such as victim support groups, see it as part of a cultural feature that can lead to a tacit acceptance of rape, sexual assault,and sexual harassment.
NotesCase from the 2012 Regional Ethics Bowl. Copyright, Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. http://appeonline.com/ethics-bowl/regional-ethics-bowl/
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