Posted at 4:20 PM Apr 08, 2010
By Andrea Grimes
I don't even know where to start. I guess I want to find this trite, offensive fake rape infomercial funny because I think the people behind it probably mean well, but mainly I find it trite and offensive.
Trigger warning. For serious.
Further, there's something vaguely victim-blaming in even joking that women have but to act like marriage-hungry robots and they'll be rape-free. The shame and blame placed on rape victims is just too prevalent and deeply ingrained in society for me to manage a giggle, mainly because I think the average layperson will be more inclined to react by saying "Yeah! If only ladies would start talking about marriage while they're being sexually assaulted! TOTAL BONER KILLER HAHAHAHA!" than "Ah, this video's assertion of the unlikeliness of women being able to prevent rape by talking about commitment is thought-provoking and invites me to reconsider my beliefs about the cultural construction of gendered desires and rape!" I see this video as reinforcing, rather than challenging, social beliefs and stereotypes about rape.
Which is all to say, this video misses the mark overall. Want to make a hilarious video about rape? Lampoon rape culture, not the individuals who fall victim to it--this video seems to either want us to laugh at the women being raped or the rapists themselves, both of which options make me deeply uncomfortable. Dolls, is there something funny here that I'm missing? Or does this creep you out the same as it does me?