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Prison rape : is it okay to make jokes about rape in prison?

Evans, Richard W. 2014, Prison rape : is it okay to make jokes about rape in prison?, Arena, no. 129, pp. 26-32.

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Title Prison rape : is it okay to make jokes about rape in prison?
Author(s) Evans, Richard W.ORCID iD for Evans, Richard W. orcid.org/0000-0003-4052-6771
Journal name Arena
Issue number 129
Start page 26
End page 32
Total pages 7
Publisher Arena Publications
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2014-04
ISSN 1039-1010
Keyword(s) prison
rape
punishment
punitivism
popular culture
sexual assault
prisoners
crime
Summary The trivialisation of sexual violence through what passes as humour is much less common than it once was. Jokes about rape are not innocent, are not harmless fun, are not unconnected to the horrible crime they make light of. Their gradual marginalisation represents social change of real importance. But there is one last refuge of the rape joke in mainstream popular culture, and its continued presence reflects a shameful blind spot in our society. It is a joke which conceals a horrible and damaging reality which is somehow both a taboo topic and a truth universally acknowledged.

A picture that circulated widely on Facebook and other social media last year captures the horror in the humour. It is a picture of a man’s back, decorated with a huge image of an alluring, naked woman, with the man’s buttocks marked to look like breasts. The caption: This man had what he thought was the best tattoo in the world . . . until he went to prison. How can a gag about a man being anally raped while in prison be widely popular, seen as funny, a giggle to share? Were the prospective victim a child or a woman, or were the rape in almost any other setting, the reaction would surely be revulsion and anger. Jail rape, though, somehow remains funny.
Language eng
Field of Research 160202 Correctional Theory, Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category M Media article
Copyright notice ©2014, Arena Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30064496

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