Fighting privilege, prejudice and ignorance
“If you choose to do social justice work, you are going to screw up – a lot. Be prepared for that. And when you screw up, be prepared to listen to those who you hurt, apologize with honesty and integrity, work hard to be accountable to them, and make sure you act differently going forward.” (http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/?upw)
The Ferguson police department was forced to release an incident report with the freedom of information act by the ACLU. When the ACLU gets the report it only has Michael Brown’s date of death and nothing about the incident and it was filed two days ago.
So that means that the Darren Wilson never filed an incident report on killing a young man and his superiors covered that up by approving and making up an incident report.
But he’s only on administrative leave?
Jokes about white people are in no way offensive. The only reason we think they are is because we’re not used to them; we have a history on being on the other side of the ‘joke’.
any good articles written about rape jokes? I remember I read one which had statistics and everything and how rapists think it’s ok to rape when they see men joking abt it constantly and such. I’m gonna print them on that motherfucker’s forehead (2/2
Ew that dude sounds gross and shitty. Here’s a pretty long answer with relevant information and resources.
A 1998 study by Lycoming College found that enjoyment of sexist humor was related to negative rape-related attitudes and the self-reported likelihood of committing rape.
A 2004 study by the Western Michigan University found that “disparagement humor is likely to increase tolerance of other instances of discrimination against the targeted group”. The study discovered that “men are more tolerant of a sexist event (e.g. sexual harassment) after they have been exposed to sexist humor”.
This same study proposed the Prejudiced Norm Theory. In essence, this theory has two prongs. One, disparagement humor makes light of the expression of prejudice towards the oppressed group and thereby communicates an implicit message that one need not consider discrimination against the targeted group in a serious or critical manner. Two, humorous communication activate a conversational rule of levity, whereby people switch from a serious mindset to a non-serious, humor one. This prevents the message from being received critically, and the recipient of the joke automatically accepts the norm implied by the joke.
A 2007 study by the University of Kent found that “sexist humor (i.e. rape jokes and such) provides a local norm that is tolerant to prejudice and discrimination. This in turn leads to men, especially those in acquaintance rape situations, to report higher levels of rape proclivity and victim blame; lower levels of perceived seriousness of the rape and recommend shorter sentence lengths.”
Above are the facts; now I will explain why rape jokes are harmful.
The reason rape jokes are so harmful is that they normalize and trivialize rape and often other forms of violence against women. The recipients of the joke are unlikely to critically analyze the joke as opposed to how they would react to a directly sexist statement, because they’re taught to dismiss jokes as “just a joke”. This also allows people to make rape jokes without culpability or accountability because, again, they can use the “just a joke” cop-out.
Rape jokes not only hurt potential rape victims, they also hurt rape survivors. Rape survivors already face skepticism and doubt when they talk about their assault, and rape jokes exacerbate this problem. Rape jokes victim blame and paint rape as okay and non-serious, hence making it hard for survivors to be taken seriously. Of course, then there also is the psychological harm done to survivors who hear a rape joke being casually made and their experiences invalidated.
At the end of the day, rape jokes are harmful because they perpetuate rape culture and increase the propensity to rape as well as hurt rape survivors.
…you probably don’t know how it is used or its history.
I know a lot of people think it just means straight people and it’s a harmless jab at the privileged but it is not.
It is a biphobic, cissexist, racist and generally awful term.
As you can see “breeders” was chanted at bisexuals during London Pride this year and this is not an isolated incident, this is a regular experience at Pride around the world for many bisexuals. It is not only equating them as straight people (since this insult is used against straight people too) but also hypersexualises them for being “good breeders”, there’s the biphobia.
As the comic demonstrates this is especially hard for people who for whatever reason cannot have children, having problems “breeding”, this includes people who have misscarried, people who have recovered from illnesses where their reproductive parts have had to be removed, trans people who have undergone gender ressignment surgery and intersex people. It is essentially stripping people down to their reproductive capabilities and genitals, there’s your cissexism.
The word also has a very racist history, during the slave era “breeder” was often used to refer to black women who were designated for breeding new slaves and even now “welfare breeder” is used as a derogatory term to refer to, primarily, black single mothers. When this word is aimed at poc, especially black and latina women, it brings up a reminder of racism and being stripped of their autonomy to become livestock, there’s your racism.
It can also be very misogynistic when it is aimed at women since reducing women to reproductive value in general is a core value of misogyny.
Seriously don’t use this word, it sucks, it hurts people, let it die.
Zora Neale Hurston (via noldarling)