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Daniel Tosh’s rape ‘jokes’ aren’t anything women haven’t heard before

By Megan Carpentier
Tuesday, July 17, 2012 15:32 EDT
 
[Image via Andrew J Ferguson on Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]

Comedy Central host and comedian Daniel Tosh landed in hot water last week, after one woman’s account of his attempt to tell jokes about rape ended with him responding to her heckling by telling the audience, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her?”

His not-really-a-joke response met with a firestorm of criticism, prompted a Twitter apology from Tosh and opened up a large discussion about which, if any, rape jokes are actually funny.

Having weighed in on that question in 2008 (an excerpt is here), the kind people at CBC’s “The Current” asked me to join them this morning to talk about both whether Tosh’s joke was funny (no), whether there’s a place to joke about rape (yes), how humor can be used by sexual assault survivors as a coping mechanism and where one can even begin to construct a joke about sexual assault (hint: not from a place of power over survivors or one that is simply repeating stereotypes about sexual assault, its survivors and how to supposedly avoid being assaulted).

My portion begins at 2:30, but the whole thing is worth a listen.

[Image via Andrew J Ferguson on Flickr, Creative Commons licensed]

What the Freeh report on Sandusky says about the failure of police who investigate sex crimes

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, July 13, 2012 17:19 EDT

There has been a lot of attention paid to the Freeh report and its blistering indictment of the culture at Penn State that the authors said led to “a striking lack of empathy for child abuse victims” (including by me in The Guardian yesterday). But after reading the report, I’m also stunned at the actions of the local and state investigators assigned to investigate the 1998 molestation accusations. Those investigators cleared now-convicted child rapist and…

 

Raw Story on Reddit

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:34 EDT

Over on Reddit today, senior editor Stephen Webster, managing editor Kay Steiger and I are answering questions in their IAmA section. If you’ve ever wanted to interrogate your editors here at Raw, now’s your chance! ["Smiling Black Woman Using Computer In Modern Kitchen Interior" on Shutterstock]…

 

Rep. Joe Walsh sells sexist double standards in his Congressional race

By Megan Carpentier
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 16:59 EDT

It’s not hard to find things to criticize about Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL): from his time as a deadbeat dad to his failure to file proper disclosures about that debt to his ability to loan his campaign tens of thousands of dollars and take expensive trips abroad with his girlfriend…

 

Wild Washington dinner parties and other myths of the city

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, July 6, 2012 17:44 EDT

Recently, I unashamedly eavesdropped on a woman in Georgetown (not Sally Quinn) who was expounding (like Sally Quinn) on the long-lost virtues of the Washington Cocktail Party, where Republicans would clink glasses with Democrats, lions would lie down with lambs and policy differences would be ironed out far beyond the…

 

Patriotism, jury duty and weasel-words

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, July 5, 2012 15:21 EDT

“I can’t tell my kids that it’s important to do your civic duty and then try to get out of jury duty. I don’t want to be here, either, but I have to set an example,” a fellow potential juror told me on our third day of jury selection. At…

 

The top 5 worst National Anthem covers by patriotic celebrities

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 13:46 EDT

Today is the 4th of July: A time for unbridled displays of national pride, mass consumption of cheaply processed meat products and, of course, buckets full of dangerous Chinese fireworks. And also singing, for some reason. And if there’s one thing Americans are well known for loving, it’s watching someone…

 

Anderson Cooper comes out (and says he was never actually in)

By Megan Carpentier
Monday, July 2, 2012 11:41 EDT

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, whose sexual orientation has long been the subject of tabloid gossip and an open secret in media circles, penned an e-mail to Andrew Sullivan (published today) that finally acknowledged not only his orientation but the reasons he refused to address it. In it, he acknowledges that…

 

Raw Story introduces its first mobile app (for iPad and iPhone)

By Megan Carpentier
Friday, June 29, 2012 15:22 EDT

If you happened to be checking Raw Story on your iPad or iPhone today, you may have noticed that it looks different and (if we do say so ourselves) a lot cooler. That’s because our mobile site for those devices is now an app! The new app — which you…

 

Fetuses, flood insurance and the political ability to make lemons out of lemonade

By Megan Carpentier
Thursday, June 28, 2012 12:36 EDT

Yesterday, I appeared on RT America’s “The Alyona Show” to talk about Sen. Ran Paul’s (R-KY) efforts to amend a flood insurance bill to include language definining fetuses as people, thus making abortion illegal. After, we spoke in brief about today’s expected decision about the Affordable Care Act, which came…

 
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