Rape jokes: A documentary

guest post by Nicole Louise Melleby, filmmaker: “Trigger Warning”

“Ask every woman in your life if she has been sexually assaulted. Ask her to tell you her story. This means your mother, your sister, your girlfriend, your grandma. Once you have heard all their stories go watch a movie with a rape scene in it, one you didn’t mind before, one you thought people were overly-offended by. Then tell me a joke.” – Anonymous writer on a blog called Fugitivus

“A man walks into a bar…”

Every joke can be a setup for a rape joke. When rape victims turn on their TVs, they face a strong possibility of being confronted with reminders of one of the worst experiences of their lives. What’s worse, these experiences are likely to be laughed at.

Rape jokes are abundant in a variety of media forms, and they don’t exist in a vacuum. They are accepted as the norm within a rape culture, a society wherein male sexual aggression is encouraged and violence against women is supported. Trigger Warning aims to bring awareness of this issue and to encourage an ongoing conversation about the topic.

Only by opening up dialogues can we ever hope that people will come to recognize the issue and then be able to take an informed stance on it. Trigger Warning does exactly that. It is more than a film – it is a conversation that we hope to encourage others to have and we need your help to make this happen.

As of now, we have over 30 film festivals to submit Trigger Warning to and we anticipate adding more.  The festivals range anywhere from $20 to $100 in price and we greatly appreciate any amount you have to offer.

Nicole Louise Melleby is a filmmaker seeking to raise awareness of the consequences of rape jokes and their existence in popular media. Her film Trigger Warning was created for that purpose. To spread awareness of the issue, she and her filmmaking team hope to submit this documentary to a number of film festivals. However, they are in need of funds. To donate, you can go directly to www.triggerwarningfilm.com/donate.htm and contribute.

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