Quick edit to add a Trigger Warning to the comments section – the comments are amazing and I will continue to publish them, however please read with caution.
So, here I am again, strapping on my Feminist Armour™ and heading into battle. I may regret this, but this time I’m going to talk specifically to and about Frankie Boyle.
In case you missed it, and I know Twitter fell over earlier so you might have done, Frankie (probably bored and a bit starved of attention) posted this hilarious joke:
“I raped you and I took the rohypnol myself to forget about it” ttps://twitter.com/frankieboyle/status/228505773385326593
There are much better people than me who will dissect the rights, wrongs and horrifically wrong wrongs of rape jokes. People who have an expertise in comedy can put a joke like that into comedy context for you.
But this is what I would really really like Frankie Boyle to think about:
FB currently has 810,165 followers (at time of writing)
Based on a sample of 100 followers, FB’s male to female ration is 75/25
So that’s around 202,541.25 females that received that tweet today
5% of women in the UK have been raped since the age of 16 (http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/documents/Rape%20Fact%20Sheet%201.11.07.pdf)
So, of FB’s followers that’s 10,127 women (assuming they are all in the UK and/or that most Western countries have similar stats)
Just to repeat, more than TEN THOUSAND women who follow FB are statistically likely to have survived sexual violence
That’s the equivalent of the Echo Arena in Liverpool (where FB performed in 2010) full of women who have all been raped
And to those women (and all women and men who don’t find laughing about sexual violence funny) FB tweeted his joke about how hideous you were to rape
I imagine that feels like a bit of a punch to the stomach to those TEN THOUSAND women
So that’s the lady stat’s, now for the men
Based on my sample, FB has around 607,623.75 male followers
According to Lisak and Miller (https://yesmeansyesblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/12/meet-the-predators/) (which I’m using as the more conservative estimate) 6% of men admit to being rapists or attempted rapists
So, in the FB Team, that would be about around 36,500 admitted perpetrators of sexual violence
FB is due to play the Edinburgh Playhouse on 31st July; he would need to sell out for almost 12 consecutive nights to play to all his rapist/attempted rapist fans
There are apparently lots of studies that provide evidence which seems to prove that rapists believe all men are rapists (http://slutwalkperth.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/feminists-don%e2%80%99t-think-all-men-are-rapists-rapists-do/ for discussion)
So when they hear a rape joke, chances are they are doing a little internal high-five, maybe even an external one – certainly a lot of them will have retweeted FB’s joke just to prove their point
So Frankie, here’s my questions for you…
Who do you want to support?
Who do you want to feel ashamed?
Who do you want to feel victimised?
Who do you want your words to empower, the 10,000 rape survivors or the 36,500 violators who follow you?