Oh, Penny Arcade… I’m so ashamed of you. (Go ahead & check out both links. I’ll be here waiting when you get back.)

If you don’t understand why this business is so upsetting, go see Shakesville – Melissa McEwan says it so much better than I can when I’m pissed off:

The rape joke, by virtue of its ubiquity, prominently serves as a tool of normalization and diminishment.

No, one rape joke does not “cause” someone to go out and commit a rape. But a single rape joke does not exist in a void. It exists in a culture rife with jokes that treat as a punchline a heinous, terrifying crime that leaves most of its survivors forever changed in some material way.

Go forth & read the whole thing now. Please. It’s important, ok?

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