Dear Facebook, Rape Jokes Are Absolutely Not Okay

According to Facebook, we all need to lighten up about rape jokes, because, you know, some people think rape is really funny and the rest of us need to STFU and grow a sense of humor already.

Wait, wait. Are you ready for this? I hope you’ve got a tissue handy because this one might have you laughing tears.

YOU KNOW SHES [sic] PLAYING HARD TO GET WHEN YOUR [sic] CHASING HER DOWN AN ALLEYWAY

Yup.

This variety of Facebook page is one with which we’re all familiar. So it’s perhaps less surprising than it is tragic that 176,623 people “like” this page, including a number of ladies who desperately need to pick up a copy of Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs.

Naturally, some folks are wondering whether Facebook supports rape culture. Since rape culture permeates pretty much every layer of our society, I think the answer to this question is easy. The Facebook feminist community continues to call for the page’s removal, but, despite despicable, unquestionably rape-supportive wall posts such as…

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’ve got a knife
Get in the van

and…

I had sex with my girl last night she was screaming another name out -_- anyone know who rape is? [Note: This comment was reported and subsequently removed.]

…Facebook claims that this page is little more than “local pub” humor. Here’s a hearty helping of corporate mansplaining for you:

We want Facebook to be a place where people can openly discuss issues and express their views whilst respecting the rights and feeling of others.

We have now more than 750 million people around the world of varying opinions and ideals using Facebook as a place to discuss and share things that are important to them.

We sometimes find people discussing and posting about controversial topics

It is very important to point out that what one person finds offensive another can find entertaining—just as telling a rude joke won’t get you thrown out of your local pub, it won’t get you thrown off Facebook.

Fortunately, people like Orlagh, the student activist who brought this horrific Facebook page to SAFER’s attention, are tirelessly demanding that Facebook treats rape-supportive pages and wall posts with the gravity they deserve. Orlagh has started online petitions at GoPetition.com and Change.org. Please sign and spread the word!

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