Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality
English (United States)
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.
Gurak, Nina Marie, "Why Did the Rapist Cross the Road? A Case for the Feminist Rape Joke" (2016). Honors Theses - All. 1550.
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