Rape Jokes Vs. Murder Jokes

“No great, inspiring culture of the future can be built upon the moral principle of relativism.” -Michael Novak

I read this absolutely fantastic description of why feminists aren’t offended by murder jokes but are by rape jokes, since murder is worse than rape (which isn’t a black and white issue).

When someone is murdered, nobody (in their right mind, anyway) thinks: “Well, what were they wearing?”

They don’t say, “Maybe they led the murderer on. Maybe the murderer was just confused. Maybe the murderer legitimately thought that the victim just wanted to die.”

They don’t say, “Sometimes things like murder do happen if you aren’t aware of your situation at all times.”

No one would think, “Oh, now look. Why did they have to go and report this murder? Murder ought to be a private matter. It’s between the murderer and the victim.”

No one would think, “Did this murder really have to be reported? This is going to tear the family apart.”

Who would seriously say: “Is murder really that bad? Can’t the victim and the victim’s family just get over it already?”

Who would seriously say: “I don’t know about this. False murder accusations are made all the time.”

No one would think that someone deserves to get murdered just because they had a few drinks.

The vast majority of murders do not go unreported.

1 in 6 women will not be murdered in her lifetime.

1 in 33 men will not be murdered in his lifetime.

When you make a joke about murder, you can be reasonably certain that a person who was murdered will not hear it.

Society as a whole does not treat murder at best like an unfortunate, shameful hindrance and at worst like a flat-out myth.

Society as a whole does not have a strict narrative about what kinds of murders are real murders, or “murder-murder”.

Society does not have congressmen writing bills that would strictly limit the parameters of what might be considered murder.

Most people see murder as a fairly black-and-white issue—but the same can’t be said of rape.

(The Tumblr was started in response to the “Dickwolves” controversy; if you’re interested, here’s the entire timeline of events.)

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