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rape jokes

Consider the Following

New Study Says Teenage Girls Are Sexualized On Network Television

No, Penny from the Big Bang Theory is not a teenager but frankly, this illustrates the point rather well, don’t you think?

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Consider the Following

Microsoft Comments On Xbox Rape Joke Controversy At E3

Microsoft has responded to accusations one of their game producers used a rape joke in a recent presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Vegan Nazgul Cupcakes

Also Ents and Hobbits. (justJenn Recipes)

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And That's Terrible

Woman Sues Vodka Company Since Her Image Wasn’t Meant For Their Nasty Ad

An even skeevier development from the “Belvedere Vodka rapey” ad front: The woman featured in the ad, Alicyn Packard, is now suing the company for using her image. Why? Because for one thing, the image comes from a video featuring Packard that was never meant to be used for another company’s advertisement; it’s a screenshot from a sketch that appeared on Strickly Viral. For another, no one bothered to get Packard’s permission to use her image for this highly questionable ad in the first place, because it’s not as if she posed for a stock photo that could have ended up anywhere, even without her direct consent. So, let it be known: companies can go find a video online — any video — take a screenshot, put it in a horribly different context, and expect to get away with it. Well, that’s great.

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And That's Terrible

After Taking Down Rape Joke Pages, Facebook A-OK With More Rape Joke Pages

Despite the loss of three major advertisers and a pretty large amount of backlash, Facebook has still not taken a firm stand against pages dedicated to rape jokes, saying that they’re just jokes. Hilarious, violence-inciting jokes that are actually against their policy that prohibits “content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.” After quietly removing many rape-joke pages earlier this week, it seems that Facebook has not instituted any firm policies to prevent or remove any more pages, since more have been created since. Stay classy, Facebook.

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Not a Misprint

Facebook Removes Rape-Joke Pages, Still No Apology

You see them all the time on Facebook – pages users started for a laugh. It might be “Severus Snape’s Sushi and Salad Bar” or “Alfred’s Butler School For Young Men,” whatever the case, they serve little purpose and usually gain little attention. But when pages promoting sexual violence towards women started showing up – as “jokes” – a lot of people weren’t laughing. After numerous complaints and bad press, Facebook has removed several offensive pages on the social networking site, yet, they still haven’t apologized for letting them stay up for three months. What gives? 

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Stupid Human Tricks

So, This “Comedy Monologue/Rape Confession” Thing …

We’d be remiss not to give some of our attention to this “comedy monologue” incident that has been discussed on several Tumblr sites as well as Jezebel and by Splitsider’s Halle Kiefer (who was actually there). Here is the gist of what happened at the UCB Theatre earlier this month: During a performance of Asssscat 3000, the improv performers — which included UCB founders Matt Besser and Ian Roberts — asked for audience suggestions for their improv scenes. One guy stood in front of the microphone and described a scene in which he had sex with a woman who did not want to have sex with him. A woman who repeatedly refused his advances, told him to stop … yeah. This guy confessed a rape.

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