Protest Today Against Facebook’s Rape Jokes

There’s a lot of dodginess on Facebook (status “updates” from your sister’s fetus, hello) but there’s one thing we cannot tacitly approve by ignoring — rape jokes such as:

  • “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina”
  • “Whats 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? my knife” 
  • “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap”
  • “We’re gonna have sex tonight” “Why?” “Because im stronger than you are”

Yes, some immature, insensitive people post rape jokes or create pages with themes about raping, stabbing, or threatening their girlfriends and moms.  That hate speech is bad enough, but alas, you are allowed under the First Amendment to be a douchebag.

The real question is, though, why is Facebook permitting jokes about sexual violence?

The progressive web site has gathered 182,000 signatures telling Facebook these comments are unacceptable. Facebook’s Terms of Service bans language that is “hateful, threatening,” or contains “graphic or gratuitous violence.” If I posted a “joke” comment about knifing a black guy or kicking a Latina in the vagina, I’d be punished (rightfully so) for my inappropriate and racist comments. But somehow Facebook rationalizes that their Terms of Service doesn’t include “jokes” of hate, threats, or gratuitous violence against women. (And other thing? Courtney Stodden got temporarily kicked off for posting “sexy” photos of herself. But if Chris Brown, say, posted, “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap,” that would be A-OK.) Talk about a double standard that’s another example of America giving sexual violence the green light.

The petition asks that Facebook take down comments/pages like “kicking sluts in the vagina,” which already violate its Terms of Service. It also wants Facebook to show accountability to keeping this kind of “humor” off the site in the future. Additionally, today, is asking users to shame the site into taking the rape and sexual violence jokes seriously by tweeting gross comments that have been allowed to stay on the site. Here are some not-s**tting-you-these-are-real examples:

  • .@facebook “Riding your Girlfriend softly, Cause you dont want to wake her up” #notfunnyfacebook
  • .@facebook “Let’s have sex.. LOL jk i’m a rapist, were doing it wether you like or not” #notfunnyfacebook
  • .@facebook “Kicking sluts in the vagina because its funny watching your foot disappear” #notfunnyfacebook
  • .@facebook “1.5 Million ‘likes’ and I will rape my mom!” #notfunnyfacebook
  • .@facebook “We’re gonna have sex tonight” “Why?” “Because im stronger than you are” #notfunnyfacebook
  • .@facebook “It’s Not Rape If You Yell Surprise” #notfunnyfacebook
  • .@facebook “Whats 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? my knife” #notfunnyfacebook

If you tweet at Facebook about their lack of accountability about the sexual violence jokes, ask them to take down the offensive pages.  Let us know if you hear any response — either from Facebook itself or followers in your Twitter feed.  


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