|Arrived in the mail this afternoon|
Updated: I have been thinking about this for most of the afternoon, and then I opened my mail this afternoon to find that my Murder Ink sticky notes arrived in the mail. I found these on Amazon and as I am a habitual list maker and Post-It user I had to have them. My planner pages would be funnier with to-do lists on these sticky notes.
TV really has desensitized me to fake murder in a way. I also have a little bit of a morbid sense of humor: my favorite author is Poe. I really love Nightmare Before Christmas. I would not think twice of someone joking about death, but I bristle at rape. Am I not desensitized to rape as well? I was a domestic and sexual violence advocate. I watch Law & Order: SVU reruns. When it is in a stand-up though, I bristle. So I ask: Are rape jokes off limits and murder jokes are not? I know this has much to do with an individual's taste level. My friend compared it to Sarah Silverman's stunt a few months ago. I think the Tosh comment is comparable to the Silverman post. Both are not funny and in poor taste. As I noted in the comments below, I think I am more bothered by the implication that because I do find his other non-rape realted material funny and that I am not signing a petition for his show to be yanked that I am not self respecting or that I am an idiot. Those kinds of posts go against what I am trying to do here, and I think it is a good opportunity for an examination of ourselves more than anything. I had a few really great conversations about this today. I also saw some pretty hate filled conversations.
That is enough for now. I might have more to say later!