Lindy West debated Jim Norton on the topic of rape jokes.
Please note that Lindy West is a total bad ass.
Making jokes about cancer: it’s upsetting, and it can be triggering, but you talking about it won’t perpetuate the problem. Is it insensitive? Yes. Will someone not seek treatment/get cancer from your comments? Highly unlikely.
If you make a joke about rape, you are participating and propagating rape culture. So is it possible that a victim of sexual assault will feel triggered, unsafe, and perhaps not report something that society already trivializes and marginalizes? Yes. You’re making the voice of society even louder and are unintentionally spreading that fear and the apathy or hostility of our society. Could someone be sexually assaulted by one of your fans/someone who saw your routine? Yes. These people probably look up to you. If they see that this is something that you can make light of, or that is frequently a joke without any sort of build up (just basically a punchline because- hey, rape is just naturally funny, right?) you are making that mentality acceptable.
Also, way to add a final sexist comment at the end, there, Jim Norton.
But yes, all the love and support to Lindy West.
^^^^Really good point. Rape jokes help perpetuate rape, rape apologism and rape culture. Most other kinds of jokes about “dark” subjects don’t have that effect.