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Survivors use humour to challenge rape culture Badass Women 

Survivors use humour to challenge rape culture

Canada (Conversation) – After Heather Jordan Ross reported her sexual assault, she felt conflicted about mixing it into her standup comedy. She hated rape jokes, but she wanted to talk about her experience. Over beers, her friend Emma Cooper jokingly suggested they put together a comedy night that featured only survivors. The first show went up in Vancouver three weeks later. It sold out, and so did the next two. Rape is Real and Everywhere (RIR&E) was born. RIR&E has since played across Canada, made national and international news and even been the subject of a CBC radio documentary. Read More

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Louis CK’s Humor Slays Because Life Hurts Entertainment 

Louis CK’s Humor Slays Because Life Hurts

(FEE) – Comedian Louis CK has a new standup special out on Netflix. Entitled simply 2017, it may be his most audacious yet. In fact, he devotes the first ten minutes to material on abortion and suicide. And it’s hilarious. Now, before you write me off as cruel and insensitive, hear me out. It’s easy to dismiss comics like CK as taking refuge in shock value, taking the lazy route to a laugh by being as offensive as possible. And yes, a lot of comics are guilty of this, but in this case, I think something else is going on. Read More

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