Publication Date

April 2016

Advisor(s)

Christina Crosby

Major

Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This thesis examines the ways in which rape jokes, or comedy about sexual and gender-based violence, impact a social discourse on rape. By studying comedic theory and impact, feminists can better understand the ways in which language intended to harm can be reclaimed. Using Sara Ahmed’s conceptual framework of feminist killjoys, I assert that feminist anti-violence activists can and must joke about rape through what I call, ‘feminist rape jokes,’ taking back the power and making rapists and the culture that supports them the punch line.

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