The politics of rape jokes is something that’s been in the news a bit – both in the UK due to Richard Herring joking about Rohypnol, and in America where Louis CK has defended Daniel Tosh’s right to make rape jokes. It seems to be one of those things that isn’t funny, but comedians purposely rebel against the boundaries of good taste and often against censorship. My own feeling is might we look back at comedians making jokes of this type in the same way we look back at how unfunny Roy Chubby Brown is?
To carry on with the entertainment theme, here’s an interesting article on how the public seemingly hasn’t condemned Chris Brown following his assault of Rihanna.Chris Brown’s album getting to number one kind of passed me by, but it is surprising that someone who beat up one of the most famous women in the world’s album got to the top spot.
In the New York Times there’s been a debate about whether men are manly enough. Really? Quite why men need a yardstick to measure their manliness against, as heaven forbid they might be feminine, escapes me. Morgan Spurlock’s Mansome sounds good though, reviews haven’t been kind though.
Zoe Williams has written about discrimination against pregnant women, she’s bang on the money about it not being an issue solely for women:
About 93% of babies are born into two-parent families. If you’ve made the decision to pool your genes, the chances are that your finances are pooled too, so any salary or withdrawal thereof rebounds equally on both parents. Given that 51% of babies are male, in nearly half of all households where maternity leave applies, the affected males actually outnumber the female
Well worth signing the petition for shared parenting leave then!
Only 26% of Councillors in Wales are women according to the Electoral Reform Society Cymru, bugger. But how to encourage women to sign up to the glamorous world of Local Authorities? Unsurprisingly, the paper concludes that the parties have a strong role to play in this.