So far over 173,668 people have signed the change.org ‘Demand Facebook remove pages that promote sexual violence‘ petition, and another 3506 people have signed Orlagh Ni Léid’s petition ‘Petition Facebook to remove material that promotes rape culture‘.

And Facebook’s response?

Silence.

Well, apart from a ridiculous and hugely offensive statement that they issued on 17th August that is, a statement in which they said:

“It is very important to point out that what one person finds offensive another can find entertaining – just as telling a rude joke won’t get you thrown out of your local pub, it won’t get you thrown off Facebook.”

Yes, because promoting rape and condoning violent hate speech is completely the same thing as telling a ‘rude’ joke to your mates down the pub isn’t it?

It’s strange though, because no matter how many times I read the titles of these pro-rape Facebook pages, I still can’t even summon up so much as a smile, let alone laugh so hard I end up snorting and slapping my thigh (yes, seeing me genuinely lol is a sight to behold I assure you), and I’ve normally got a pretty good sense of humour. Maybe it’s because I’m a ‘humourless femnazi’, or maybe, and this is closer to the truth, it’s because under no circumstances is rape and sexual violence ever ever something to be laughed at: it’s just not funny.

For those that haven’t been following this story, some of the pages being highlighted by these petitions include such gems as:

  • You know shes playing hard to get when your chasing her down an alleyway
  • Riding Your Girlfriend Softly Cause You Don’t Want to Wake Her Up
  • Raping Your Mate’s Girlfriend to See if She Can Put Up A Fight
  • Abducting, Raping and Violently Murdering Your Friend, as a Joke

Bidisha and Women’s Views on News have been covering this issue pretty extensively, so I’m not going to repeat what’s already been said so eloquently. All I will say is, please sign the petitions, and let Facebook know what you think of their heinous rape apologist stance.

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