Trigger warning for rape
Important correction: Ack. I was fooled by a bad source! I woke up today to a nice email from the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, which was rather displeased to discover their groundbreaking anti-drunk-driving program was being reported as having a rape joke in it. Apparently the talking urinal cakes do not make a prison rape joke. All they’re doing is telling men to call a cab or a friend (and wash their hands!) instead of driving drunk. I am not sure why someone would literally make up the existence of a rape joke, but whoever they are, they’re clearly an asshole. My deepest apologies to my readers and anyone else who was misinformed.
Seriously, though, it sounds like an awesome program and I’m sorry for slandering it.
Also, apparently Minnesota and Michigan are different states. This is why Ozy should not be allowed to write things late at night.
Prison rape is still not funny. Unfortunately, this comes as a surprise to some people.
Michigan has initiated a program of talking urinal cakes in bars that tell people not to drink and drive. Cute, funny, and a little creepy, right (who wants their bathroom to be talking to them)? But just wait until you find out what
they’re saying some asshole made up that they were saying…
“Here’s a real friendly reminder. Don’t drive drunk. If you do and you get arrested, the next urinal you pee in will be in jail, with a hairy guy named Bubba standing behind asking you to pick up the soap…”
Prison rape is really not funny. Classist prison rape jokes are super not funny. (“Bubba” is a name typically associated with “rednecks” or “white trash,” one of the few groups of white men who are believed to be violent, stupid predators the same way that black and Hispanic men routinely are.) Prison rape jokes that make light of the way prison rape disproportionately affects nonviolent offenders like drunk drivers are super not funny. Prison rape jokes that aren’t even really jokes are super super not funny.
Seriously, that is basically a description of exactly what happens to far too many men in prison. What is the joke here? “Prison rape exists”? Oh God. It’s so hilarious. I almost split my sides laughing.
I mean, holy shit, the government paid for these? Law enforcement officers– the very people who are supposed to make sure rape isn’t happening, particularly to the prisoners under their control– approved of these and thought they were funny? The fuck is happening here? The government did not pay for these, which makes me feel a lot better about my government! Seriously.
Prison rape jokes like these contribute to an environment in which prison rape is normalized. It’s not a cruel and unusual punishment that violates the Constitution, or torture that violates international law, or even an offense against all sense of ethics. It’s just a natural consequence of going to jail, something that’s expected by prisoners, corrections officials, and the general public. Prison rape becomes something that we accept out of some perverse sense of justice. You deserve to be raped, we think, because you committed a crime. It’s part of the punishment for the crime, the same way that having your license suspended is.
Call me a humorless feminist, but I don’t think that’s very funny.