Monday, February 6, 2012

It's Not Funny

In Eve Ensler's beautiful essay Over It, she writes, "I am over people not understanding that rape is not a joke and I am over being told I don't have a sense of humor, and women don't have a sense of humor, when most women I know (and I know a lot) are really fucking funny. We just don't think that uninvited penises up our anus, or our vagina is a laugh riot."
You know what I'm over?
I'm over teenage boys (and sometimes girls) making sexist jokes and thinking they're funny and clever.
It's not funny to tell a woman to make you a sandwich. It really isn't funny to tell a woman to go back to the kitchen, to vacuum or to do the dishes. It's not funny to tell a woman to go throw up or to go put on makeup or to go get a boob job. It's definitely not funny to tell a woman to give you a blow job. It's not funny to call women's lacrosse or women's rights a joke. It's not even close to funny to call a woman "all that useless extra skin around a vagina". It's not funny to make jokes that a woman's only purpose is to have sex with you and it's not funny to tell a woman to stop talking because she's a girl. It's not funny to make dumb blonde jokes or women can't drive jokes. It's not funny to make period or menopause or emotionally unstable jokes. It's still isn't funny when that teenage boy is grown up (Sebastian Pinera). It's not at all funny to call a woman a bitch or a whore or a slut. It's really not funny to call me a "feminist fucker" because I won't sit there while you say obscene things about my gender.
It's not funny.
Someday those teen boys will make a sexist joke and some powerhouse woman is just going to walk away because she knows they're not worth shit. Or she'll punch them.
And that will be funny.

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