Rape Jokes

Maybe You Should Write a Different Joke

Ben Moore | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Ben Moore

I'm not saying I want comedians to blunt their sharp edges and stick to jokes about airports and weddings. But I also don't subscribe to the increasingly automatic notion that anything is a suitable subject for comedy.

Getting Touchy: Reg D Hunter and Offensive Comedy - Part 2

Lucy Danser | Posted 23.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Lucy Danser

Whether or not Hunter was within his rights to say those jokes or whether the audience members were within their rights to complain, one thing occurred to me. They weren't even on the same page.

Rape Chants and 'Free Pussy' Events Are No Laughing Matter

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

It seems that many UK students are suffering a sense of humour failure. Perhaps its been struck off our list of essentials and become an unjustifiable luxury since course prices have tripled. We need bread and milk; irony can wait. Apparently even cheap gags are a stretch these days, as it seems recently we have needed a lot of explanation over what counts as 'a joke'...

Is Mad Men a Period Piece? Not If You Work in Comedy... Part Three

Deborah Frances-White | Posted 24.12.2012 | UK Comedy
Deborah Frances-White

There is a serious trend for rape jokes in comedy clubs. On an average night, you'll hear the word "rape" more often than "David Cameron", "the NHS" or "Mitt Romney".

Can You Joke About Rape?

Lynne Parker | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Lynne Parker

I was at the Edinburgh Fringe for the duration and, outside of our own female-centric activities, it seemed that misogyny abounded with an unusual amount male comics telling jokes about rape and domestic violence.

Offensive Jokes? Don't Get Mad, Get Silly

The Independent | Posted 25.10.2012 | UK Comedy

Viv Groskop: Offensive jokes? Don't get mad, get silly Comedy should be able to talk about whatever it wants to talk about, however inappropriate ...

Rape Jokes in Comedy: It's about the Comic and the Context

Taylor Glenn | Posted 19.10.2012 | UK Comedy
Taylor Glenn

Rape and violence against women could, with care, become one of those issues we take over as comics and turn the message around - perhaps in the same way that non-white comedians have had to tackle racism over decades, or gay comics the topic of homophobia.

University to Take Action Against UniLAD - But is It Enough?

Coco Khan | Posted 04.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Coco Khan

Whilst I hope that Plymouth University do expel the likes of Jamie Street I have a sinking feeling this may not be the case. It makes me wonder, had the site employed a racist rhetoric rather than a sexist one (although I did spot a little bit of homophobia in one article - wouldn't want you to think the writers weren't liberal with their bigotry) would we have heard by now that Plymouth had terminated their relationship with Street.

Jokes About Rape Aren't Just Banter 'Lads'

Estelle Hart | Posted 01.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Estelle Hart

A website referring to women as wenches and slags isn't simply the harmless "banter" the writers want us to believe. Just this week the head of the CPS in London has said that jurors preconceptions about women has a negative impact on rape conviction rates.

Freedom of Speech versus Hate Speech: Who is Facebook Protecting?

Suswati Basu | Posted 11.12.2011 | UK Tech
Suswati Basu

It is hard to define whose freedom the government and large-scale enterprises seek to defend, but following recent Facebook events; it seems that sexi...