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Webster, J. (2017). The Rape Joke as Ur-Joke. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 18(4):269-273.

(2017). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 18(4):269-273

The Rape Joke as Ur-Joke

Jamieson Webster, Ph.D.

In this paper I argue that the rape joke is the joke par excellence. The ur-joke. Jokes speak the truth like dreams and symptoms and errors. The rape joke does not simply speak a truth—the truth about rape, or rapists—its truth is oddly the truth of joking itself and the tragicomedic vicissitudes of human sexuality. This is one way to understand the importance of Vanessa Place’s work and its ethical stakes.

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