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I have to say that I agree. Having been a philosophy major and been very interested in epistemology . . . and the role that philosophy and critical thinking play in everyday life. There is a balance to be found. Being hyper-critical about everything means that, basically, getting out of bed in the morning might be difficult. Will sun rise today? Will gravity work today? Obviously, those are extremes; but they do show my point rather well.We all have to accept some things as true and move forward as if they are. For instance, I haven't proven that evolution is a valid scientific theory - nor could I, nor do I really want to. I do some research, find others that are knowledgeable, read something about them and the theory, and make an educated decision about what I *know.* To what degree I need to have support and being able to justify this decision varies. Hyper-skepticism is no better than unfounded belief; they are extremes on the same continuum.
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@DWAdams So rape "jokes" are OK? BUT, you want to silence me from talking about the current reality of rape victims experiences. Interesting.
2 years, 7 months ago on Rape, Still Not Funny
@mycultlife Well, the same as any of us, I can only talk for myself. I, personally, would not find a "joke" about the holocaust funny. Seriously, I wouldn't. Nor do I see how it can be funny; just me. If it helps, I have a few friends that have offered to purchase me a sense of humor!Whether she was a rape survivor, imo, is irrelevant. I am not a holocaust survivor and yet cannot imagine that being funny. And, yes I would find it a problem and potentially blog about it. That is what bloggers do - look at life and write about it.
@Venture Free @Venture None of us are perfect! ;) Thank you for the second note.
@reverendsteveii And in some ways I agree. One thing to keep in mind is that different people find different thing humorous. For instance, I do not find physical comedy funny nor body fluid jokes funny nor jokes that demean or dehumanize nor jokes about murder, race, etc. To me they are simply *not* funny. In the same way, jokes about rape are simply not funny. Culturally we have a *BAD* history of how we deal with rape and are just now starting to learn to see it in another way. It is the only (?) crime in which the victim is shamed and blamed. That does not happen when someone is murdered, robbed, etc. Joking about rape typically reaffirms the traditional view of rape - that the victim is somehow the problem.
I am an adult, who does not enjoy this type of standup or comedy.
@mycultlife @reverendsteveii I completely agree that no movement is or should be without variation. Multiple voices and viewpoint must be not only allowed, but desired.
@SallyStrange @DWAdams As you know, "shrill" is an ad hominem attack designed to silence you a vocal feminist.Rape *is* acceptable because victims are shamed and blamed for rape, because some want to find a share of gray that means the victim was at fault, that victims are silenced from talking about their rapist, etc. Blame the rapist.
That anyone can try to justify rape joke is appalling and completely beyond my ability to comprehend. They are not funny. Explain to your hearts content . . . does not change anything they are not funny: they are about power, silencing, and privilege.