George Carlin – Pro-Life is Anti-Woman

The featured clip includes some profanities and may be triggering.

For many of us abortion is a very serious issue. We are clearly pro-choice and therefore focus on women’s reproductive rights, choices and agency. Pro-lifers on the other hand focus on preserving the fetus, often believing that those who are pro-choice are murderers, or baby killers. Just read the book (which is suppose to be objective, but is clearly pro-life biased) Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer.

Even though this video is a few years old, it is just as relevant and relatable to today. Comedian George Carlin discusses how pro-life is anti-woman, while giving some hilarious examples along the way:

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus, from conception to nine months. After that they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no daycare, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you are pre-born, you’re fine, if you are pre-school, you’re f#*ked”.

After dealing with the views of Todd Akin, Mitt Romney, and Norma McCorvey among others it is nice to laugh a little.

Punish her – more on rape jokes

* Trigger Warning: This post discusses group rape and sexual assault and may be disturbing to readers. The link connects to a comic strip that depicts a group rape scene that is explicit and might be disturbing and triggering.

The recent discussions concerning Daniel Tosh’s rape joke have caused quite the stir all over the country. It has clearly shown that opinions concerning rape and the appropriateness of rape jokes differ. Some people believe that rape jokes are funny and that it is possible to successfully joke about rape while others completely disagree and find rape jokes degrading, discriminating and part of the problem of rape culture.

Many feminist sites and groups have raged against Daniel Tosh’s rape joke – including Feminists for Choice. A common response that we have heard, on our own site and on others, is that feminists do not understand jokes and are boring; not that joking about rape is disrespectful to the survivors of rape and sexual assault. Worryingly, Tosh’s joke is not an isolated incident and it reflects a larger societal belief that rape is trivial, a get over it kind of attitude. Perhaps rape is considered “not a big deal” because it is a problem that mostly affects women. In other words, it is not something to get all “hysterical” about.

After stumbling upon an unbelievably vicious and degrading comic strip we are again concerned with the topic of rape jokes. This rape joke is part of the comic strip Wumo. It was posted online July 2nd, 2012, and can be viewed here[Read more...]

A Feminist Defense of Louis CK

Last night, comedian Louis CK (of Louie fame) appeared on The Daily Show. I was actually watching The Daily Show for a change, and was excited to see Louis CK interviewed – he’s always funny and authentic.

If you’ll recall, CK stepped into the big pile of poo that is Toshgate. Sending him a tweet that read “I like your show. You have pretty eyes,” CK was apparently oblivious to the shit-show that Tosh had created in the blogosphere.

Which is easy to believe. Louis CK isn’t exactly web-savvy, and doesn’t Tweet like other comedians like Patton Oswalt or Paula Pell. He’s not a “social media guru” who’s used social media to cultivate an audience. He’s using the web for an inventive ticketing and content distribution strategy, but that’s about it.

His appearance on The Daily Show certainly didn’t have to center around the Tosh controversy, he didn’t have to explain himself to the audience. He could’ve told Stewart to stay entirely away from the subject and just talk about his new show and upcoming tour. But because Louis CK is generally a decent human being, he thought that some clarification was in order. [Read more...]

Tosh.No: Why Rape Jokes (And Daniel Tosh) Are Never Funny

Today, a Tumblr called Cookies For Breakfast published the anonymous story of two women who went to see comedian Dane Cook at The Laugh Factory in New York City. Little did they know that they would be treated to a show by one of the douchiest comedians in comedy – Daniel Tosh.

This audience apparently got the pleasure of hearing Daniel Tosh advocate that an audience member should be gang-raped. And that it would be HILARIOUS.

Here’s the breakdown from Cookies For Breakfast:

So Tosh then starts making some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny, how can a rape joke not be funny, rape is hilarious, etc. I don’t know why he was so repetitive about it but I felt provoked because I, for one, DON’T find them funny and never have. So I didnt appreciate Daniel Tosh (or anyone!) telling me I should find them funny. So I yelled out, “Actually, rape jokes are never funny!”

I did it because, even though being “disruptive” is against my nature, I felt that sitting there and saying nothing, or leaving quietly, would have been against my values as a person and as a woman. I don’t sit there while someone tells me how I should feel about something as profound and damaging as rape.

After I called out to him, Tosh paused for a moment. Then, he says, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by like, 5 guys right now? Like right now? What if a bunch of guys just raped her…” and I, completely stunned and finding it hard to process what was happening but knowing i needed to get out of there, immediately nudged my friend, who was also completely stunned, and we high-tailed it out of there. It was humiliating, of course, especially as the audience guffawed in response to Tosh, their eyes following us as we made our way out of there. I didn’t hear the rest of what he said about me.

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New Arizona Abortion Law = Bottom of the Barrel

Last week Arizona signed a new bill into law that prohibits abortion past the 20 week gestation mark. The impact of this bill is that hundreds of Arizona women will be forced to go out of state if they need a late-term abortion.

In addition to the gestation limit, the bill includes a ridiculous definition of the term “conception.” Comedy troupe Bottom of the Barrel pokes a little fun of that definition in one of their comedy skits.

I caught up with Bottom of the Barrel to ask them a little bit more about their take on Arizona’s new abortion law. [Read more...]

One Last Look at 2011

2012 is barely a week and a half old and the bad news is already pouring in for American women. People are actually  listening to Rick Santorum. 2/3 of all new jobs are going to men. And just in case we rang in the New Year with a smidgen of hope, an anti-choice charmer decided the day would be better spent by setting a Florida abortion clinic on fire.

Before we take a deep breath and stare down whatever else 2012 has in store, I’d like to remember that even in the year that was a war against women we had some good news. In no particular order–and in alarmingly varied degrees of significance–I give you my:

Top Ten Feel-Good Feminist Moments of 2011

1. Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords Appears In Congress (August 1, 2011)

In the midst of that nonsensical debt ceiling debate she was a one-woman argument for gender parity: for at least a second or two. Appearing in Congress for the first time since she was shot, she led by example, showing the nation exactly how having a woman in the room can change the culture of an overwhelmingly (dysfunctional) male institution. [Read more...]