“Predictably, several men rushed in to inform me that it was “just a joke.” Yes. I am aware. It’s the…”

“Predictably, several men rushed in to inform me that it was “just a joke.” Yes. I am aware. It’s the kind of “joke” told by people who think rape is funny, who think rape is a punchline for them to wield for sport, who think the threat of sexual violence is a fitting punishment for mouthy women. It’s not a joke that skewers the atrocity of rape. It’s not a joke that somehow exists in a contextless vacuum, unrelated to the climate of dull, throbbing fear that circumscribes women’s lives. In fact, this “joke” is entirely dependent on the weight of the word “rape” and the sick flutter it stirs up in women’s chests. It says, “Quiet, sex thing.” It says, “Your humanity is illusory, it is conditional, it is ours to mete out as we please, and we can take it away if you don’t behave.” It’s the kind of joke told by rapists.”

Twitter doesn’t think these rape and death threats are harassment
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